ABTech profiles one of their alum, Chris Sparks, who is leading the Team Cul de Sac project to raise money for Parkinsons Disease research. The Cul de Sac project solicited original art from notable cartoonists to be auctioned off as well as sell a book collection of the art that is due out next spring.
In the meantime, Chris learned his friend, Richard, had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Chris immediately began to research the disease and created a font of Richard’s handwriting, in case he needed it as the disease progressed and he could no longer hand draw his captions.
In the summer of 2010, Chris came up with the idea to get other illustrators to donate artwork to auction off for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the world’s largest private funder of Parkinson’s research. He organized Team Cul de Sac to head the fundraising. “We wanted to let them draw characters of Richard’s, anyway they wanted,” Chris said.