Nightly News | April 16, 2011
>>> finally tonight, rock 'n' roll is all about teenage vitale it, but for a rock band manager, the music of youth has become an anthem in his fight for a cure. nbc's peter alexander has our "making a difference" report for tonight.
>> reporter: good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll had an addresses, it might be right here in asbury park . music still echos through the streets of this proud city along the jersey shore that first introduced the world to bruce springsteen . but visit asbury park and you'll learn there's an unlikely man behind the music . bon benjamin started managing bands in 1995 , but one year later he was diagnosed with parkinson 's, a brain disease that's slowly breaking his body down.
>> i try to stay positive all the time. i look at what i can do, not what i can't do.
>> reporter: in fact, benjamin 's busier than ever. he's become a leading figure in the battle against parkinson 's, tapping into a network of rock 'n' rollers eager to help a friend in need.
>> you don't want one of your own go down. this is an industry that there's no health benefits or you don't get your golden watch retire after 35 years doing it.
>> reporter: a new documentary celebrates benjamin and his charity concerts where some of the area's greats, including springsteen, form a chorus behind the cause. his light of day kuhn certificate series has raised more than $1 million for parkinson 's research.
>> he's done this without drama. he's done this without press releases. he's done this by being who he is, by inspiring people around him.
>> reporter: still, there is no cure for benjamin 's cruel disease. at home, he stops to take medication ten times each day. how do you feel today?
>> pretty good.
>> reporter: this morning benjamin was back at it in new york's central park among several thousand people walk forge a cure.
>> he has so many friends and so many people that love him, and he loves them.
>> reporter: with the friends and the determination to find a cure for himself and so many others. peter alexander , nbc news, new york.