09 Mar

KnockOut PD Event Supports Parkinson’s Foundation

On Saturday, April 14th, the Parkinson’s Foundation, in partnership with All Pro Trailer Superstore, will be hosting their first KnockOut PD 5K run/walk at Masonic Villages, 1 Masonic Drive in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

 

April is Parkinson’s Awareness month and this fundraising event is to help raise awareness and highlight the need for more research and support of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The cost is $30 per participant with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Parkinson’s Foundation. Runners and walkers can register online at KnockOutPD.com.

More than 10 million people live with Parkinson’s disease worldwide. While there has been significant scientific progress in the last few decades, a cure is not currently in sight. Help us celebrate Parkinson’s Awareness Month, with the hopes of finding a treatment within our lifetime.

Parkinson’s Awareness Month
This campaign has three objectives:

●    Continue to support research to find better therapies and, ultimately a cure, for Parkinson’s disease;
●    Recognize the individuals living with Parkinson’s disease who participate in vital clinical trials to advance the knowledge of the disease and;
●    Commend the dedication of organizations, volunteers, researchers and millions of individuals across the United States working to improve the quality of life for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease and their families.

Parkinson’s Hits Home at Trailer Superstore
Supporting the Parkinson’s Foundation is particularly important to Tammy and Scott Smith, the owners of All Pro Trailer Superstore. Tammy’s father, the original founder of the business, has been battling the disease for the last 19 years.

“My father, Jake Wagner, founded All Pro Products in the 80’s as a small trailer hitch

Trailer Superstore is the host and main sponsor for KnockOutPD.com

wholesale business, which today stands as a nationwide leading retailer in the cargo trailer industry that we operate today as All Pro Trailer Superstore,” states Tammy.

After becoming actively involved with the Parkinson’s Foundation last year, Tammy developed the KnockOut PD website, ran the OC half-marathon in Newport Beach, CA raising over $3,300 for the Foundation, and is currently organizing the upcoming 5K in efforts to raise funds and awareness for the cause.

KnockOut PD Race Details
This 5K event will have awards for the top finishers in each category. Each participant will receive a race-day T-shirt, bib, goody bag and customer finisher medal for their support!

For more information about the event, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, contact Tammy Smith at tammy(at)trailersuperstore(dot)com.

About the Parkinson’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. They build on the energy, experience and passion of their global Parkinson’s community.

About All Pro Trailer Superstore
All Pro Trailer Superstore in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is a retail and internet dealership that distributes over 3,500 trailers annually throughout the United States, Europe, South America and the Islands. The Trailer Superstore team provides its customers with the highest quality service along with one of the largest selection of units and pricing in the nation. For more information, contact Trailer Superstore at 800-622-7003.

26 Apr

Trailer Superstore Supports National Parkinson Foundation during Parkinson’s Awareness Month

All Pro Trailer Superstore is proud to announce their company’s support of National Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Supporting the National Parkinson Foundation is particularly important to the owners of All Pro, as Tammy’s father has been battling the disease for the last 18 years.  In a show of support for his fight, their company is launching www.KnockOutPD.com as well as raising funds through Team Hope at The US Bank OC Marathon on May 6th.

While training for the OC Half Marathon, Tammy has been collecting donations that will go directly to the National Parkinson Foundation on her official fundraiser page. All Pro Trailer Superstore has pledged to match every dollar raised throughout this process and funds will be collected right up until race day.

“My father, Jake Wagner founded All Pro Products in the 80’s as a small trailer hitch wholesale business in which today stands as a nationwide leading retailer in the cargo trailer industry that we now operate as All Pro Trailer Superstore.” states Tammy “It’s an honor for our company to be involved with the National Parkinson Foundation and through our KnockoutPD.com campaign, we will continue to raise funds and spread awareness while honoring my father’s fighting spirit.”

Parkinson’s itself is not fatal. However, complications from the disease are very serious; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rated complications from PD as the 14th top cause of death in the United States. The National Parkinson Foundation offers valuable support, resources and free education for patients, caregivers and families affected by Parkinson’s and utilize donations and research to make great advancements in the treatment and cure of the disease.

If you would like to support All Pro’s mission and more than 60,000 Americans who are currently battling Parkinson’s disease, visit Tammy’s donation page and be sure to visit www.KnockOutPD.com, which will launch soon.

About Trailer Superstore:

All Pro Trailer Superstore, located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is a retail and internet trailer dealer distributing over 3,500 trailers annually within the Continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, South America and the Islands.  All Pro Trailer Superstore provides customers with exceptional service, high quality trailers at low prices and offers a variety of services from financing to delivery. All Pro can also design custom trailers and install trailer accessories and towing products on site. Please call All Pro Trailer Superstore for more information about trailers at (800) 622-7003.

29 Mar

Jake Wagner’s PD Story

My father, Jake was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in 1999 at the age of 56.  It all started with a slight shake of his right hand and from that point on everything changed

Leading up to his diagnosis, my dad had managed to accomplish many amazing things in his life. He was a standout star athlete throughout his high school years at Cumberland Valley, where he would later be inducted into their Football Hall of Fame, married my mom Sherry – the love of his life, started a family, retired from UPS with 35 years of service and a 3 Million Mile Safe Driving Award, and while doing all this, managed to start All Pro Products, a small trailer hitch wholesale business on the side with just $1,000 in which today stands as a nationwide leading retailer in the cargo trailer industry.

After his diagnosis, it would be safe to say that he went into denial with the motto of ‘business as usual’ however, as time pressed on and the symptoms progressed it was evident he had to take action. Parkinson’s has a way of slowly stripping the person of everything they are or used to be. It’s a battle, not a fight. Every day is different and you must adjust to the punches that PD throws at you.

So for the last 18 years my dad has ducked and jabbed just like his idol Muhammad Ali. He would fight PD one day at a time with my mom by his side as his full time caregiver. Fight for one good day, maybe two … knowing that bad days or weeks would follow, however fighting for those good days was always the goal.

In the early stages, he would have a lot of success with speech therapy, exercise, and trainers. Water therapy was especially beneficial, as it would eliminate his fear of falling.  As his condition advanced he chose to have a deep brain stimulation surgery which improved his tremors tremendously.

My dad is now in stage 4 Parkinson’s Disease and resides in a skilled care facility. He is unable to walk and speaks few words. He communicates mainly with his iPad and on a good day his bright blue eyes still sparkle.  He still has a lot of fight left in him, and together we have agreed to form as a team and continue to fight PD. I’ve since turned my ‘visits’ with him into ‘business meetings’ and we are now becoming active members with the National Parkinson Foundation.

Many years ago, as my parents were faced to retire from their business to take on Parkinson’s full-time, the family stepped in to help. My husband, Scott and I now operate that company as All Pro Trailer Superstore, in which we will be making a donation from to benefit the National Parkinson Foundation in honor of my father, Jake Wagner.

Other future goals consist of becoming actively involved with ‘Team Hope’ attending endurance races to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s and currently, my dad and I are working towards coordinating our own Parkinson’s 5K/1 Mile Fun Walk at the beautiful facility in which he now resides. We’ve named our campaign KnockOut PD and all proceeds from events will go directly to the NPF to help assist with research and advancements in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

 

Like I mentioned earlier. You’ve got to adjust to the punches that Parkinson’s throws at you. As far as my father currently – he may not have his mobility or his voice anymore, however he still holds his entrepreneurial spirit and together we are fighting to KnockOut PD!

Tammy Smith – All Pro Trailer Superstore, Inc.