11-year-old raises $4,000 for Parkinson's research

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Peopled walked up M-Hill to raise funds for Parkinson's research, Sept. 9, 2017 Peopled walked up M-Hill to raise funds for Parkinson's research, Sept. 9, 2017
RAPID CITY, S.D. -

A young Rapid City boy started a fundraiser for an important cause, and climbed past his goal before it even started.

Members and friends of the Ponto family, held a climb for a cure in Founders Park Sunday evening. Hikers scaled M Hill, raising money for Parkinson’s research. The event was started by 11-year-old Owen Ponto with a goal of $1,000 in mind, but jumped past that to $4,000 by Saturday.

Ponto created this event due to his personal experience with the disease.

"My grandpa and my grandma have both had it for a long time,” said Ponto. “So I just wanted to do something about it. My grandpa was very compassionate and caring and helped lots of people, so I just want to be like him."

Proceeds from the hike will be donated to a research institute in Phoenix, Arizona. 

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