Welcome to Team Pops’ Peeps!
I still remember one of the first days I noticed my dad’s tremors. We were at Bonefish Grill 12 years ago. I looked over and saw him holding a fork and it just wobbling a little more than normal. My dad has had a tiny shake in his hand ever since I can remember. His doctor at the time checked it out and diagnosed him with Essential or Familial tremors. No big deal. As time went on, the tiny shake got bigger and bigger.
My mom finally encouraged him to visit a specialist for a second opinion. Insert the renowned Dr. Robert Hauser at USF’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center who confirmed the Parkinson’s diagnosis.
As I slowly let people in on the news we received 2 years ago, I get a multitude of responses. It is mostly people saying sorry or expressing their hurt for the news that my dad has Parkinson’s. I swiftly reply to never be sad and that the diagnosis really helped save his life. Since his diagnosis he has begun working out at least 4 days a week #KeepMoving, has started traveling more with his wife, and has a newfound appreciation for his family time.
Now we find ourselves walking to support such an amazing initiative to fund research for Parkinson’s to ensure better treatment and better lives for those affected. This will be the second year Scott has walked in the event and the first year of Team Pops’ Peeps!
Everyone is welcome to come out and walk during Moving Day on April 1. Bring the kids, the neighbors, your favorite grocery store cashier and that guy down the street you borrow stuff from.
And now some words from our sponsors (National Parkinson's Foundation)...
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, 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.
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) continues to bring help and hope to the estimated one million people in the United States, four to six million worldwide, who are living with Parkinson’s disease. NPF is the only organization with a singular focus on improving the quality of care in Parkinson’s disease. NPF programs reach more than one million people a year through its network of 39 chapters, 43 Centers of Excellence and 900 support groups. NPF has funded more than $189 million in care, research and support services.
Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the National Parkinson Foundation.