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Hundreds of Riders from Millburn/Short Hills Turn Out for Jake’s Ride Despite Bad Weather

Jake's Ride 2016 Credits: Camera/Editor: Brad Klein Producer/Reporter: Jonathan Sym
2016 Jake's Ride Committee Credits: Wesley Gelman
Kate Parker-Lentz, Millburn High School student, Soulfege singer and member of The Parkers, sings the National Anthem to open Jake's Ride. Credits: Wesley Gelman
Jake and Jeff Silverman Credits: Wesley Gelman
Otis Livingston, CBS sports anchor and Jake Silverman.  This is the second year that Livinston has emceed Jake's Ride. Credits: Wesley Gelman
Sara Dressler, a junior at Millburn High School Credits: Wesley Gelman
The Kaplan and Lentz-Parker families. Credits: Wesley Gelman
Jason Kaplan and Jeff Silverman.  Kaplan rallied a team of over 70 riders, a Jake's Ride record. Credits: Wesley Gelman
'Doc' (Reid Stellin) and 'Marty' (Matthew Bell) with the DeLorean from the movie 'Back to the Future'. Credits: Wesley Gelman
The British Invasion Tribute Band Credits: Wesley Gelman
Nancy and Jeff Silverman, Jake's parents. Credits: Wesley Gelman

SHORT HILLS, NJ – Despite the rain and cold, hundreds of community residents came out to The Hartshorn School Sunday to support Jake’s Ride.  The annual fundraiser raises funds and awareness for Dystonia and Parkinson’s disease.

Jake’s Ride for Dystonia Research began in 2008, after Jake Silverman, a young boy from Short Hills, New Jersey, was diagnosed with early onset childhood dystonia and underwent Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgeries at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Dystonia’s painful muscle spasms had forced Jake out of school and into a wheelchair. Over time, this surgery significantly restored Jake’s quality of life.

Jake recently completed his sophomore year at American University and also serves as a Team Fox junior spokesperson for dystonia on national media and speaking platforms. While he has made significant progress, his dystonia is not cured.  Dystonia may be an inherited condition caused by genetic mutations. It can also result from exposure to certain drugs, birth injuries, strokes, or as a symptom of other neurological disorders. For many patients, however, the cause remains unknown.

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David Gardner, a friend of the Silverman family and a Short Hills resident, started Jake’s Ride as a way to help create awareness of the disease and to raise money to find a cure.  What started with a small group of friends and family, Jake’s Ride today is one of the largest grass roots organizations in providing grants for dystonia and Parkinson’s research.  The nonprofit organization has raised over $2.5 million since its inception.

The Jake’s Ride Committee wishes to thank the generous support of individual donors and volunteers who have worked tirelessly this year to make Jake’s Ride a success.  They also want to thank the generous sponsors for their support, to include; The Silverman Family, Jackson Family Wines, Allied Beverage Group, Enclose, Jody and David Gardner, Livingston Bagel, The Meat House Summit, Goldstein Shiebler Family, Vantastic Shuttle, Wells Fargo, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, High Gear Cyclery, Investors Bank, Joanna  Parker-Lentz, Jodi Rubenstein,  Millburn Police Benevolent Association, Pumped Up Sup, River Road Portraits, Sue Adler Team, Summit Soundz Entertainment, TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills, Tourbillon Boutique, Valley National Bank and Weichert Realtors.


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