I'll be honest, I didn't know much about Parkinson's before 2016. Like many people, I knew the basic symptoms and associated it with public figures such as Mohammad Ali and Michael J. Fox. Like with many things, until I met someone personally affected by the disease, my knowledge about it remained limited.
Last year, I met Mr. Dan Smith, the wonderful, loving father of my boyfriend. Joe's dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's 17 years ago. I could write about the inspiration he is and how I'm in awe of his strength -- both these things are true -- but I'd rather share this story Joe wrote two years ago. His personal experience far outshines anything I can share with you.
Parkinson's disease doesn't stand in the way on the big day
If nothing else, take the time to read the story. If you're able to, we'd appreciate any donation you can make, small or large. It all adds up.
Moving Day® Tampa Bay, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation, will take place 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.
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.