Welcome to our Moving Day® Team Page! Scott Payne is our "Pops", and we are forever his "Peeps" - together we are "Pops' Peeps"!! This is our third year participating in Moving Day Tampa Bay with the National Parkinson Foundation, and we're hoping for even bigger and better things this year - last year, we knocked it out of the park with your help!!
While this very special man means different things to different people, it's fair to say we are all blessed to have him in our lives. Pops is hopelessly devoted to his family, and tireless when it comes to his friends and causes he is passtionate about. While the news of the Parkinson's diagnosis wasn't totally unexpected, it was certainly not welcomed. It has forever changed the face of our family, but we believe in a very positive way . . . can't keep an Eagle Scout down! Please take a moment to get to know this very special guy a little better and read the messages below from our crew, and remember that every day is truly a gift!
A view from Scott's son, Danny:
I still remember one of the first days I noticed my dad’s tremors. We were at Bonefish Grill 13 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. Enter 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 3 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 third 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. Let's blow this out of the water - any and all help is appreciated. Even $5 helps!
More from Brianne:
For those you that know our family and how it has changed so quickly, know that the man we call Pops has been an amazing gift to us Shelley girls, and the most special stepdad any girl could ask for. Pops and his boys have been quite the blessing, and bring so much to our lives. Three years ago Pops was diagnosed with this stupid disease the doctors call Parkinson's. While this has been tough for the rest of us to take in, it has not stopped Pops from living life to the fullest. He and mom have been able to do so many things and enjoy life together. With continued efforts to find cures, I am asking for any and all donations to help this cause, even $5 would help. I rarely reach out for help, but I am asking for as much help as I can get right now!
For those of you that know that know me and my family, you know how much our lives have changed within the past 8 years. For those that don't know, to make a long story short...my family and I had a major life changing event almost 8 years ago. But out of that we gained the most amazing man a family could ask for - a man known as Pops. He has been not only the best stepfather to my sister and myself, but an amazing husband to my beautiful mother. Unfortunately, that great man was diagnosed with Parkinson's 3 years ago. Now we face a new challenge, beating Parkinson's. I reach out to all of my friends asking for help. Please support this cause not only for my family and our Pops, but also for other families that want to see a cure for their "Pops".
And now some words from our sponsors (National Parkinson Foundation)...
In the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson's disease (PD) are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have PD.
Join our team for the local National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Moving Day® walk, the first nationwide grassroots campaign that spotlights the disease on a national level and gives the chance to raise awareness and funds in our own community. Your support will help NPF continue improving the quality of care for those living with Parkinson's disease.
- To become a member of our team please select the 'Join Team' link.
- To donate or visit a team members personal page please click on their name under the Team Roster.
Thank you for supporting us and the vital work of the National Parkinson Foundation. Together we stand and walk!!