KiMe Fund announces 2023 grant recipient

To learn more about KiMe Fund’s mission and fundraising efforts, please visit their website

The KiMe Fund, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation (ETF), has awarded a grant to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (Michael J. Fox Foundation). The grant directly supports research efforts to finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. Specifically, the $65,000 grant will support Michael J. Fox Foundation’s project on data-driven subtyping and stratification to provide Parkinson’s patients with personalized care.

KiMe Fund is a field-of-interest fund established at ETF in 2010 by Steve Hodges after he was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s Disease. KiMe is shorthand for Steve’s two daughters, Kim and Megan, and is symbolic of the need to cure Parkinson’s Disease before the next generation is diagnosed. Steve Hodges remarked, “We know there is a cure, we just need to fund it to find it. Every research grant award we have made throughout the years has one thing in common; they have only been possible because of our outstanding volunteers and our supporters. We received proposals from multiple organizations, all are world class. Based on what we believe most closely aligns with our focus, we selected the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2023.” To learn more about KiMe Fund’s mission and fundraising efforts, please visit their website

ETF President and CEO, Keith Barber shared, “Through the many years of thoughtful and purposeful grantmaking from the KiMe Fund, East Tennessee Foundation is proud of the support provided to the Michael J. Fox Foundation in their pursuit to improve the lives of patients and ultimately find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.”

For more information, please contact Ashley Siferd Butler, Director of Competitive Grants, by phone at (865) 524-1223, toll-free at (877) 524-1223, or by email at ab*****@et*.org.