HoopsHype Brian Grant rumors
Brian was also encouraged by others who suffered from Parkinson’s. He met many people who lived under completely different circumstances. “I saw how some of these people were living,” he explains. “They couldn’t tell anybody they had Parkinson’s because they feared losing their job. They didn’t have the means to do things. Then I thought that would be pretty selfish of me to not go out and tell the world that I have Parkinson’s when I might be able to do something as far as raise money somehow, or be a voice for those people.” SLAM
“We had tremendous support,” he says. “The Blazers were incredible. Kathy Calkagno sold tables. Rob Leftko at my agent’s office, Priority Sports, volunteered a lot of his time to get me in touch with the NBA, who put me in touch with a lot of the retired players. Pat Riley took one call from me and said he would be there. Charles told me he was coming and I called him to make sure the night before and he was like ‘I told you I was coming!’ It was a lot of love.” SLAM
Riley served as the featured speaker on Aug. 1, the second night of Grant's first annual "Shake It Till We Make It!" event, with proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, and with an attendance list that included Fox, Bill Russell, Bill Walton, Alonzo Mourning, Clyde Drexler and Rasheed Wallace — as well as the most famous athlete afflicted with Parkinson's: Muhammad Ali. "An out-of-body experience," Heat guard Eddie House, Grant's long-time friend, said of sitting at Ali's table. Palm Beach Post
These days, Grant's body does too much he doesn't want it to do. He uses traditional, homeopathic and psychological remedies to control his depression and left hand tremor, the primary symptoms so far, both exacerbated by stress. He believes he is "holding pretty steady" physically, is "in a good place" mentally, and is optimistic about Parkinson's cures. Yet, while he is touched by those who call him an inspiration for staying strong, "The thing is, they don't see me 24-7. They don't get to see my downfalls. I don't always deal with it so well, and sometimes I get caught up, because I'm human. I don't mind it being said but, at the same, there's a side that knows me." Palm Beach Post
Grant’s battle with Parkinson’s disease was the centerpiece of a glitzy, Hollywood-like fundraiser that benefited the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. And as everyone from Walton to Roy made their way into the sold-out event, Grant’s ongoing effort to raise awareness about his illness drew words of praise and respect from current and former NBA stars who went out of their way to attend the benefit. “Brian Grant has always stood for a hope and for a better tomorrow,” said Walton, who played center for the Blazers from 1974-78. “Now that he’s facing the biggest battle of his life, if we don’t stand tall for him, what kind of people are we? I’m proud, honored, privileged and lucky to be here tonight.” Columbian
His main goal was to let as many people as possible know that he, Fox and Ali are Parkinson’s survivors. And by having current Blazers such as Roy and Oden show up after just a single phone call, Grant felt Rip City’s full-circle pull. “I’ve got a great deal of respect for them for taking it out of their time,” Grant said. “This is their summer time. I know how my summers used to be. I was like, ‘Man, I don’t want to (do anything).’ But they’re here, and I’m very proud of them for that.” Columbian
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