Punching out Parkinson's and PTSD on Giving Hearts Day
The Marv Bossart Foundation and Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation hosted a boxing competition to raise money on Giving Hearts Day.
FARGO — In a perfect world, we would be able to punch out Parkinson's and PTSD.
The Marv Bossart Foundation and Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation hosted a boxing competition to raise money through donations on Giving Hearts Day Thursday, Feb. 9.
Competitors put their punching ability to the test, trying to land as many blows to a punching bag as they could in one minute, all while raising money for the foundations.
"This is our only event that we're able to do, and so without giving hearts day we would not exist. We wouldn't be able to help as many people as we do," said Liz Mathison, daughter of Marv Bossart.
Both foundations help people with Parkinson's and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stay as independent and healthy as possible through different interactive programs.
Marv Bossart was a long-time anchor on WDAY News. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2001, shortly after his retirement. He passed away in 2009.
Brady Oberg was a combat veteran in Afghanistan who suffered from PTSD. He passed away in 2015. In a perfect world, we wish Marv and Brady were still here.
"He would be pretty amazed of what we have been able to do in the last seven years. But also, Brady would be like, 'what's next?' He'd be pushing us to continue to grow," said Tracy Dunham, executive director of the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation.
Both foundations look to continue to grow with community support. Those interested can get involved by volunteering or donating on their websites: