I am participating in Moving Day® Tampa Bay, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation, on Saturday, April 1st, 2017, at the University of South Florida.
I am entering my 20th year of living with Parkinson's Disease (PD), and it has been a rollercoaster of a ride. If you don't know what living with PD is like, picture your mind trying to control movements that you should be doing with no thought at all. Things like walking, picking up change off the counter, keeping your balance when you turn a corner, feeding yourself while your hands shake involuntarily...all of these that are constantly occuring in a PD patients "normal" day. We constantly fight against our bodies. Add into the mix memory loss, loss of cognitive ability, slight dementia and on and on.
Can you see now why we need therapies and exercises provided by the money that we donate to the National Parkinson's Foundation? The money raised by all of us at Moving Day Tampa (last year almost $170,000) stays LOCAL, to fund PD therapies such as cycling down at the south Tampa YMCA, and Rock Steady boxing which has a proven record of improving the PD symptons and making PD patients feel bettter about their lives.
I am making a special plea to all my friends and family. Come walk with us on April 1st, (and no this isn't an April Fool's joke), so that we can continue to fund the therapies that are improving PD patients lives. Make a donation, it's easy, all you have to do is go to my TEAM HAM page and hit the donation button.
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.
Ed and Donna Ham
Captains- Team Ham
Moving Day Tampa
April 1st, 2017
USF Tampa Campus
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.
Support our mission to help every person diagnosed with Parkinson's live their best possible life now. Your gift will help us fund better research, better treatment and better lives.
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