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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sailing for a Cure

A local sailor sets off for a good cause

Rebecca Remillard
Bob Preston on his boat, Family Ties II
Bob Preston has dubbed his boat odyssey optimism Can Take you Anywhere – but what he really means is that optimism can take you to the Bahamas. The Narragansett resident and East Greenwich business owner was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s Disease five years ago at 47, and promptly partnered with the American Parkinson’s Disease Association. On October 1, Preston and his wife Becky set sail from Narragansett on his boat Family Ties II with a goal of raising $200,000 to help find a cure for Parkinson’s. Over the next six months,he two will sail down the East Coast, stopping at ports along the way, with a final destination of Freeport in the Bahamas. Those interested in following Preston and his boat odyssey are encouraged to visit his Facebook page, where friends can track him in real time through his GPS. Preston regularly updates his status for followers and posts photos.

To monetarily support Preston’s efforts for a cure, visit his page on the APDA website.

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