I participate in the Moving Day Tampa Bay fundraising walk every year in honor of my Dad, Bill Sapp. My Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD) in 2009, though he had been ill for some time prior to his diagnosis. Dad is in the end stage of Parkinson's disease and resides at a rehabilitation center in Annapolis, MD. He requires around the clock care as his physical strength, ability to move, and his cognitive state has declined rapidly following an accident in 2011. Through it all, my Dad has handled his decline with DIGNITY, COURAGE, and STRENGTH. The man that he was before Parkinson's took over will always be the Dad that I remember.
My Dad was my best friend growing up. I spent every weekend with my Dad, either out on the Potomac River fishing and boating, or in Virginia at Timberlake Waterki Club waterskiing and enjoying the peacefulness of what we call "lake life." It pains me to say that my Dad is no longer able to enjoy the things that he loved doing in life, including his job as a superintendent at Herman-Stewart Construction.
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disease with no cure. It affects both the body and the mind. I participate in this fundraiser every year not only to honor my Dad, but to help the people in my community as well as around the nation to have better, longer lives while living with Parkinson's.
I also walk in memory of my good friend Corey Vaughn's Granddad, Mr. Al Weaver, who was known by many as "Granddad, " and my good friend Kenzie Horton's Grandfather who was recently diagnosed with PD. And I walk in honor of all of the wonderful people in the Tampa Bay area that I have met over the years while participating in this fundraiser.
The 2017 event will be my 4th time participating in Moving Day- I walked at Moving Day Miami 2013, Moving Day Tampa Bay 2015 and 2016. I was the #2 top walker in 2015---I am going strong for #1 this year!!
I am participating in Moving Day® Tampa Bay, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation, on Saturday, April 1st, 2017, at the University of South Florida.
The event will be a fun-filled, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities. We will be able to enjoy a variety of movement activities yoga, dance, Pilates, Tai Chi, boxing, stretching and much more and celebrate the importance of movement in our lives.
Please consider being a part of my team or sponsoring me, and I encourage you to get your friends, family and coworkers involved.
Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the National Parkinson Foundation.
Why Move for Moving Day?
Did you know that someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every 9 minutes in the United States? No one should have to face Parkinson’s alone. That is why the National Parkinson Foundation provides a community of support to give people the resources and help they need to live well with Parkinson’s.
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