My sister, Andi was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease in the Summer of 2013. I am walking this year to support her and the others who have been affected by this disease. The walk for 2017 takes place on June 3rd, and I am asking for your support since I will be walking with her team, Hippy Hippy Shake!
If you don’t know much about Parkinson’s disease (PD) as it is often referred to, it is a neurodegenerative brain disorder, and there are nearly one million people in the United States living with Parkinson's.
The four main motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are:
Slowness of movement, also called bradykinesia. Involuntary shaking, or tremor at rest. Stiffness of the arms, legs or trunk. Trouble with balance and falls, also called postural instability.
Parkinson’s disease does not just affect older people as many people think. Many of my sisters friends that she has met since her diagnoses in 2013 are even younger, including in their 20’s and even one at just 4 years of age.
The diagnosis of young-onset Parkinson's disease is the same as typical Parkinson's disease except for the age of the patient. The average age of diagnosis is around 62. When an individual is diagnosed with PD before the age of 50, the disorder is called young-onset Parkinson's disease. Andi was was diagnosed at the age of 46 but, had symptoms for at least 4 years prior to that.
Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support my sister and the vital work of the National Parkinson Foundation.
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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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