Tommy Dellinger, foreground, with his son Ryan, as they enter the Eastern Standard Time Zone in Roane County, Tennessee. Ryan joined his dad on part of his journey across the United States.
Crouse Community History and Photo Project is pleased to announce that special guest Tommy Dellinger has been scheduled to speak at our February 13, 2018 meeting. Tommy will be speaking on his recent journey, "Tommy's Trek for Parkinson's Research" and presenting the mini-documentary "Just Keep Moving"-Tommy's Trek. Tommy will discuss his 2,800 mile Journey Across the USA, which began on September 2, 2017 in California and ended January 13, 2018 in Gastonia, N.C., to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Team Fox is the grassroots community fundraising program at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF). MJFF accelerates high-impact science through smart risk taking and problem solving with a commitment to urgency and efficiency.
Tommy is one of thousands of people around the globe who are turning their passions into Team Fox fundraisers to help them speed a cure for Parkinson's. 100 percent of Team Fox proceeds go straight to MJFF research. For those interested in supporting Tommy's Trek visit https://fundraise.michaeljfox.org/TommyD.
Tommy was born in Shelby, N.C. and moved to the Crouse, N.C. area at the age of four. He is the son of, Crouse residents, Gene and Judy Dellinger. A 1985 graduate of West Lincoln High School he attended Gaston College, Dallas, N.C. where he was a 1992 graduate of Basic Law Enforcement Training and received an Associates of Applied Science, Criminal Justice in 1997.
Tommy is married to Shelly Dellinger, he has a son Ryan who is 26-years-old, a stepdaughter Kelcey who is 25-years-old and a granddaughter 7-year-old Peyton. The family lives in Gastonia, N.C.
Tommy served as a reserve police officer for the Cherryville, N.C. Police Department, was sworn in as a member of the Lincolnton, N.C. Police Department in 1997 and served as a State Trooper for the North Carolina Highway Patrol from 1997 until 2014. Tommy has also been a ride driver/instructor for the NASCAR Racing Experience from 2007 until present.
In May of 2008, at the age of 41, Tommy was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
Admission to the February 13, 2018 meeting is free and the public is invited.
This event will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Crouse United Methodist Church, GPS address 3311 Crouse School Road, Crouse, NC 28033, on Tuesday, February 13, at 4 p.m.
"The Crouse Community History and Photo Project's mission is to accumulate, organize, identify, catalog, archive and preserve the memories, photographs and documents pertaining to the history and families of the Crouse community."
For more information, Mona Ramsey, Crouse Community History and Photo Project, Crouse, NC 28033, call 704-736-1440 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Mona Ramsey