Parade Grand Marshal Brian Grant Stands Tall in Philanthropy
Portland Rose Festival President Robert Hansen introduced Brian Grant — former NBA Star and renowned children’s health advocate — as the 2010 Grand Marshal for the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade (to be held Saturday June 12, 10:00 a.m.). “Brian has consistently been involved in philanthropic projects assisting seriously ill children and their families, as well as under-privileged youth,” said Robert Hansen. “His courage, drive and consistent caring — even after being diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease — are what led us to agree Brian has ‘Rose Spirit.’ We’re honored to have him join us this year.”
Brian Grant’s dread-locks, tattoos and 6-foot-9-254-pound presence make him a unique and imposing figure. Brian is currently a retired basketball player, who played as a power forward and center for five teams (the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns) during 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He’s known for his tenacious rebounding and blue-collar defense. Brian is also well known for his contributions to communities in various cities and has his own foundation; the mission of the Brian Grant Foundation is to assist seriously ill children (as well as their families) and help under-privileged youth. In January 2009, Grant was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease, which he acknowledged publicly on May 18, 2009, and he has become an advocate for finding a cure. Brian will host a two-day gala this summer in Portland to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the leading source of financing for Parkinson’s research. Brian is the proud father of sons Elijah, Jaydon, Amani and Jonavan and daughters Maliah and Anaya.