Anonymous Donor to Match the Match for PADs during the SJI Virtual County Fair

Posted August 12, 2021 at 5:51 am by

Between August 18 and August 22, the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion has pledged to match up to a thou­sand dol­lars giv­en to PADs, the first pro­gram in North Amer­i­ca to train dogs to detect an odor asso­ci­at­ed with Parkinson’s Disease.

This great news was fol­lowed by a good-heart­ed anony­mous donor who pledged to match the match. This means every dol­lar con­tributed to PADs between August 18 and August 22 will instant­ly rab­bit itself into three dol­lars up to the first $1000 con­tributed. As the dogs would say (if only they could) that’s a lot of turkey.

You can take advan­tage of this match on match for PADs by going to the SJI Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion web­site at on August 18. Once on the site, just select PADs from the online fund-rais­ing cat­a­log that will be promi­nent­ly fea­tured between the dates of the 18th and 22nd.

You can also mail a check to the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion, PO Box 1352, Fri­day Har­bor, WA 98250. Just be sure to write “PADs” in the memo field and mail your check between the dates of August 18 and 22. Woof. Wag. A huge thank you. And for good mea­sure, anoth­er wag.

We extend our con­tin­ued grat­i­tude to the train­ing ses­sion vol­un­teers, board mem­bers and han­dlers who con­tin­ue to sup­port our 16 fab­u­lous snif­fer dogs; and to the many indi­vid­u­als and sup­port groups who sup­ply donor sam­ples for the Pro­gram. We extend our very deep grat­i­tude to our sam­ple donors who are bat­tling Parkin­son’s Dis­ease. You pro­vide the inspi­ra­tion for the work we do.

On behalf of the entire PADs team, we stand with two legs and four paws as grate­ful and hon­ored mem­bers of a com­mu­ni­ty that con­tin­ues to work for a bet­ter world.

With grat­i­tude,

Lisa Holt, Direc­tor of Canine Detec­tion ( and
Richard Lind, Board  Pres­i­dent (

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About PADs for Parkinson’s:
PADs is the first pro­gram of its kind any­where to train dogs for the detec­tion of Parkinson’s Dis­ease. The Pro­gram was spurred by the 2015 news of Joy Milne, the woman in Scot­land who was proven to have the abil­i­ty to smell Parkinson’s Dis­ease. Formed in ear­ly 2016 as a research project, PADs soon grew to become a 501(c)(3) non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion with a three-fold mis­sion as fol­lows: 1) Train dogs to detect Parkinson’s Dis­ease; 2) sup­ply repro­ducible train­ing pro­to­col for oth­er train­ers; and 3) assist research efforts that bring us clos­er to a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.

Lisa Holt — Pro­gram Direc­tor, Canine Detec­tion Training
PADs for Parkinson’s, the pro­gram for the train­ing of Parkinson’s Alert Dogs
PO Box 2703
Fri­day Har­bor, Wash­ing­ton 98250
(360) 298‑5494 

About the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foundation:
The SJICF is com­prised of more than 40 funds rep­re­sent­ing indi­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, and orga­ni­za­tions with the pur­pose of pro­vid­ing a valu­able com­mu­ni­ty resource for both donors and local non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions. The SJICF pro­vides donors with an avenue for fund­ing mis­sion-direct­ed non­prof­its by sup­ply­ing trust­ed stew­ard­ship for phil­an­thropic efforts. The SJICF pro­vides non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions with avenues and guid­ance for achiev­ing and pro­vid­ing account­abil­i­ty for fund-rais­ing goals. Since form­ing in 1994, the SJICF has oper­at­ed with the mis­sion to help the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty thrive through inspired and informed gen­eros­i­ty under trust­ed stewardship.

Car­rie Unpin­go — Pro­gram Director
San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foundation
PO Box 1352, Fri­day Har­bor, Wash­ing­ton 98250
(360) 378‑1001

About Parkinson’s Disease:
Approx­i­mate­ly 60,000 Amer­i­cans are diag­nosed with Parkinson’s Dis­ease each year. There is no cure for Parkinson’s Dis­ease, and neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dam­age to the brain begins years pri­or to tremors. Today, the dis­ease can only be clin­i­cal­ly-diag­nosed once tremors become evi­dent. Detec­tion of the dis­ease pri­or to tremor stage could help with dra­mat­i­cal­ly slow­ing pro­gres­sion of the dis­ease. Iso­lat­ing an odor in the dis­ease may pro­vide an avenue for ear­ly detection.

About the Anony­mous Donor:
Some­one some­where who is big-heart­ed, loves dogs (wag) and hates Parkinson’s (Grrr).

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