If there is one thing that stands out about growing up it is giving back. My parents supported as many organizations as possible and when it came to Christmas we often forfeited presents to instead choose a deserving charity to donate to. My dad dedicated his free time to serve on non profit boards and their weekends were usually spent at this gala or that gala (sound familiar??). I can't begin to tell you how important seeing that level of involvement was and continues to be, how it would eventually shape my own career. My childhood came with a very clear important lesson - give everything you can back to charity and then ask how else you can help.
In the past 10 years, I've volunteered my time, resources, efforts to causes, maybe one or two I've had a personal connection to, but the majority it didn't matter if it affected me, it affected someone and that was the only push I needed. There are so many deserving causes and I wanted to give each one that asked for help the time and support they needed. Man I have had fun. I've gotten to work alongside some of my best friends and strangers alike. We've thrown some incredible parties. We've packed yachts, venues, walks and runs. We started charitable platforms and ran them completely volunteer, we created junior boards and committees and non-profits. I've met some of the most influential people in the world and I've realized how big our communities heart is.
In my early 20's I pleaded with my peers to put intrinsic connections aside and stop asking why support this cause or that, and instead ask how. And they responded, they responded in a big way - in a way that has shaped nearly each of my memories.
But now - I have a new request. Through all these deserving causes I have never stopped to help The National Parkinson's Foundation. It hadn't been on my radar and frankly I knew very little about the organization or disease. And then, on December 15, 2016 it came right smack dab in my line of vision. My dad had been diagnosed. This same guy who instilled a major importance on charity, who taught me to be a philanthropist, and who high fived me after each success. But now it's time to do something for him. Join me in supporting Moving Day® Chicago, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation, on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at Lincoln Park, South Fields. Help me say thank you to someone who has given me the tools and resources to help so many. Help me honor my dad.
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.