Welcome to the Fred's Folks Moving Day® Team Page!
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. Like many diseases, Parkinson's does not discriminate. Among the well known people diagnosed with Parkinson's are Michael J. Fox, Michael Clifford (astronaut), Maurice White (Earth Wind and Fire), Janet Reno (first female Attorney General of the U.S.) and Sir Roger Bannister (first man to run a sub 4 minute mile). Ironically, after his track career, Sir Roger went on to become a neurologist, the primary specialty for physicians treating Parkinsons before being diagnosed himself late in life (he's currently alive and well at 88).
As I speak to on my personal page, I was diagnosed this past December. Right now, the medication is doing a good job managing the symptoms (except for some balance issues). If I get too tired or worn out the symptoms start to come back, so I'm still learning how much I can push myself and where to back off. I don't know how quickly or severely my case of Parkinsons will progress. So, while I can, I will walk to try to help bring attention and raise money for the fight against PD.
If anyone is in D.C. on June 3rd, you're welcome to come join us. The walk will take place on the National Mall near the Washington Monument. If you would like to donate, just click on a team member's name on the roster portion of this page. And if you just want to send good thoughts, we'll take all of those we can get as well!
Thank you for supporting us and the vital work of the National Parkinson Foundation.