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Local girl to honor grandfather's memory at birthday party

Joseph Cimon, left, who died in January from Parkinson’s disease, will be honored by his granddaughter, Katlyn Williams, at her birthday party. Williams turns 13 on Friday and is asking for donations to APDA instead of presents. (Special photo)

Joseph Cimon, left, who died in January from Parkinson’s disease, will be honored by his granddaughter, Katlyn Williams, at her birthday party. Williams turns 13 on Friday and is asking for donations to APDA instead of presents. (Special photo)

COVINGTON – A local youngster will celebrate her first birthday as a teenager selflessly in remembrance of her grandfather, Joseph Cimon, who passed away in January from Parkinson’s disease.

While most kids would ask for an Xbox 360 or an iPad for their birthday, Katlyn Williams, who turns 13 on Friday, is asking those attending her party to make donations instead of bringing her presents. The Indian Creek Middle School seventh-grader will be collecting money for the American Parkinson’s Disease Association fund in lieu of gifts.

Katlyn’s mother, Valerie Williams, stated that her birthday party invitations read, “Please bring no presents. Instead, please bring a donation that will be given to the Parkinson’s foundation in memory of my grandpa.”

After handing out invitations, Williams is expecting about 50 people to attend her party.

According to James Trussell, a spokesman from the National Parkinson’s Foundation, there are an estimated 60,000 cases of Parkinson’s disease in Georgia, with 1 million cases nationwide. Parkinson’s ranks as the 14th largest cause of death in the country.