Holiday light show raises money for Parkinson's Disease

Updated: December 24, 2019 06:19 PM

In the spirit of giving, a Christmas light display in Plymouth is raising money for a good cause.

Mike Justak was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2004.

"Parkinson's is a progressive disease," said Mike Justak, who started this light display. 

Out of work and on medical disability, Justak eventually found lights would take up most of his time.

"It's a lifeline for me," Justak said. 

Justak created PD Shimmers 10 years ago. It's a massive light display that started outside of his home, and it runs for one month. All the donations go towards Parkinson's awareness.

"It gives me something to do it makes me feel involved and connected again," Justak said. 

But as the disease progressed, Justak found the work to put this show together was just too much.

"I heard the Christmas lights show was ending, everybody loved it and I went knocking on Mike's door and he didn't know who I was and I said it can't end," said Matt Dunn, who lives near Mike Justak.

Matt Dunn, a local magician, admired Justak's passion for this. So, he and a few of his neighbors decided to keep the magic going just a few houses away on his block.

"It's hopping and popping and leaping from different sides of the street," Dunn said. 

As for Justak, he's still very much involved in the planning.

"MIke has spent most of his waking hours programming this entire lightshow," Dunn said. 

Each one of the 60 thousand lights represents the 60 thousand Americans newly diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease each year. Now this show is Justak's passion, and it's something he encourages everyone to find to get through those tough times. 

"I'm trying to let people with Parkinsons see that you can overcome adversity, it's not easy but you can do it," Justak said. 

If you're interested in seeing the show, it's on the 4100 block of Juneau Road in Plymouth. The final day of the show is Saturday December 28th.

For more information or to donate visit the website here

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