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Papa John’s funds go to Parkinson’s

Charleston, Huntington and Beckley-area Papa John's restaurants are teaming up with Parkinson's support groups to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation on Wednesday.

The pizza company will donate 20 percent of the cost of each pizza purchased this Wednesday from its locations in Huntington, Barboursville, Teays Valley, St. Albans, Cross Lanes, Patrick Street, Kanawha City and Beckley.

A donation will be made for every person that mentions Parkinson's disease when placing a pizza order.

"Just about everyone knows of someone who has been affected by Parkinson's disease," said George Manahan, a local Parkinson's disease spokesperson. "This is a great opportunity to raise money for an organization that is leading the way in finding a cure."

In addition to the fundraiser, Papa John's will also place more than 10,000 flyers on pizza boxes to promote the event. The flyer will provide more information about local support groups.

Manahan said a new Facebook group has been set up to promote Parkinson's disease support groups and events in West Virginia. The Facebook group is called the West Virginia Parkinson's Support Network.


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