The communities of Dallas, Park Cities and Preston Hollow are a big part of what makes us who we are, and we’re passionate about making a difference in them. We’ve highlighted a few organizations that we’ve been honored to participate with.
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) is a non-profit organization close to our hearts at Messick Peacock & Associates. In 2005, the Dallas chapter was founded to improve the treatment, quality of life, and long-term outlook for people affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It’s in honor of Sam Killian, a close family friend of Chris Messick and fun-loving boy diagnosed with Duchenne at an early age. Every year, MPA participates in a fundraising event called Sam’s Day to support the fight against the disease.
About Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Duchenne is the most common form of childhood muscular dystrophy. The progressive and fatal muscle disorder affects boys and young men and causes the loss of muscle function, wheelchair dependency and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. It occurs in 1 in 3,500 births making it the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood.
Presbyterian Communities and Services
MPA participates annually in the Each Moment Matters Luncheon. David Peacock co-chaired the event in 2017 and is a board of trustee for Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation. As a board of trustee, David’s goal is to advance the mission and ministries of Presbyterian Communities and Services through attracting philanthropic support and performing effective stewardship of endowment assets. Every 3 days, Faith Presbyterian Hospice must turn away one end-of-life patient who has little to no funds to pay for their care. They believe every human being deserves the most dignified, strong ending to life. This drives their goal of providing quality and compassionate care for patients, while also extending care to their loved ones. Regardless of an individual’s age or health condition, they know that Each Moment Matters, and should be full of joy and meaning. Proceeds from this event provide assurance, peace and benevolent services to patients and families of Faith Presbyterian Hospice who live in our 13 county service area in North Texas.
For more information on the amazing work done by Presbyterian Communities and Services please visit: https://www.prescs.org/
MPA is proud to be an active participant of Arise Africa which is a non-profit organization committed to assisting individuals with spiritual, economic, and physical poverty. Chris Messick has been on two mission trips with Arise Africa to see firsthand the amazing work they do. They strive to empower others through the truth and love of Jesus Christ to become responsible, independent, and sustaining individuals. Arise Africa offers child sponsorship, has two homes where children live full time in their custody, and provides school supplies and meals to the local community of schools in Zambia.
For more information on the incredible work of Arise Africa visit: http://www.ariseafrica.org/
Sam’s Day was started in 2005 by friends of Sam Killian. Sam is a 16 year old boy from Rockwall, Texas that was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2005. Since 2005, Sam’s Day has raised over $1.5 million. The support has been instrumental in seed funding many trials that are promising for the 150,000 boys around the world affected by the disorder like Sam. The entire MPA team participates annually in this event and it's a highlight of our year.
Sam’s Night was recently introduced and is a wonderful night of great food, cocktails and live auctions.
For more information on Sam’s Day, please visit www.SamsDayTexas.org.
Our firm is a proud advocate for TeamConnor, a childhood cancer foundation started on behalf of Connor Cruse. Connor was a normal rambunctious four-year-old boy when he was suddenly diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma in 2005. Tumors were found around Connor’s spine, behind his heart, and there was a nine-centimeter mass in his abdomen. Connor lost his battle with cancer in 2009, but the fight to help cure childhood cancer lives on in his memory.
Most pediatric cancer treatments have not significantly improved in the past 20 years. Without funding, progress cannot be made to advance childhood cancer treatments and a search for cures. For our most vulnerable victims, this is unacceptable. That is why the TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation exists.
Since the creation of TeamConnor in 2008, the organization has raised more than $1.7 million through our generous supporters, golf tournaments, auctions, fun runs, and various other fundraising events.
For more information on TeamConnor, please visit: TeamConnor.org.