GIBSONBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) – Parker’s Purpose is holding a fundraiser Friday at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed in Gibsonburg. It all gets underway at 7 p.m. and this year’s guest speaker is Ohio State legend Archie Griffin.
There will be an auction involving great sports memorabilia to help raise funds.
Parker Inks, along with Rossford Head Football Coach Todd Drusback, helped create Parker’s Purpose.
“Creating something great to help others is possible with just a little bit of faith and effort,” Parker said.
The 16-year-old lives with muscular dystrophy and has been putting in the effort to help those in need since 2008.
“When we go through our stresses and strains in life, we get a reality check when you hear Parker say something like that,” Drusback said.
A sweet kid, with the big smile and heart of gold, Inks has had health complications over the years. His mom, Patricia Inks, is also currently battling cancer for the second time. But despite their own health issues, they remain selfless and continue to help others.
“Yeah our situation is bad, but it could be worse. There are a lot more people out there with worse situations. It’s not as necessary for us to have money and help as it is for others,” Parker said.
Over the years, lots of money has been raised and sports celebrities have lent a helping hand. But through it all Parker has taught all of us a valuable lesson.
“Taking adversity and turning it into extraordinary things for others, I don’t know if it gets any better than that,” Former Ohio State Head Football Coach Jim said in 2013.
“If we had more Parkers around this country, it’s amazing what we could do in our own communities,” Steelers legend Rocky Bleier said in 2012.
“It has touched me so much that I can make that difference that can help save a life,” Parker said.
WTOL 11’s own Jerry Anderson and Dan Cummins will be emceeing the event.
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