4/20, Smokin Js, and the Brian Grant Foundation

  04/18/2013 at 22:13 pm

4/20 Sale Fundraiser

Smokin Js will donate 10% of all sales on 4/20 to the Brian Grant Foundation,an organization created to “help those affected by Parkinson’s disease to live active and fulfilling lives.”

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We at Smokin Js live with Parkinson’s disease every day.  One of our team members, Tmo Teeling, is in a battle with Parkinson’s disease.  We wanted to do something special for our annual 4/20 sale event this year.  Supporting Tmo and the Brian Grant Foundation is a perfect addition to the salebration.

The Brian Grant Foundation was created by former Portland Trailblazer power forward Brian Grant.  After a 12 year career in the NBA, Brian was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease in 2008.

Smokin Js very own Tmo Teeling was diagnosed in 2011 with Rapid Onset Distonia Parkinson’s disease.  Currently 34 years old, Tmo has worked for Smokin Js for almost two years.  He was no longer able to keep his high tech job at a solar cell manufacturing facility after he became sick and started showing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.  Smokin Js was very fortunate to be on the list of dream jobs for Tmo.  Since joining the team, Tmo hasn’t just fit in, but thrives.  Tmo brings a product and technical knowledge of Smokin Js merchandise that few people possess.  He also takes great pride in helping customers with care and attention.  Tmo consistently takes notes on the little hard-to-find items customers are looking for, and does the research to find the items in the nooks and crannies of Smokin Js inventory.  Tmo puts so much care and attention into special customer requests that we created a new position and title and threw it into his daily job duties.

Smokin Js, Tmo, and the Brian Grant Foundation have a natural synergy.  The Brian Grant Foundation was created to help families affected by Parkinson’s disease to fulfill active lives.  Despite Tmo’s diagnosis of Rapid Onset Distonia Parkinson’s, he manages to lead a very active lifestyle.  He works over 30 hours per week at Smokin Js, and manages to be in charge of maintenance issues and special customer requests.  However, Tmo’s true passion has become his motorcycle and racing.  Tmo owns a 2006 1000cc Kawasaki Ninja.  He doesn’t just ride the bike, he loves to race it!  He considers himself to be an avid enthusiast with experience at the Portland International Raceway School.  Parkinson’s doesn’t slow him down on the motorcycle.  The adrenaline helps his body focus and he gets lost on his motorcycle pushing his limits and forgetting about his Parkinson’s disease.  Racing is something he can still do and excel at.  He believes his motorcycle racing skills have actually improved since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Tmo in black, knee on the ground, ready to over-take the riders just ahead.

Saturday, 4/20, 10% of all sales will go to the Brian Grant Foundation.  Smokin Js will have special sales and door prizes going all day on 4/20 to support the event.  Come on down to one of our physical retail stores and join in the fun, celebration, and charity event.  All online sales from the SmokinJs.com web site will also be included in the donation total.  We love our customers, thank you for helping us help families affected by Parkinson’s disease.

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