Kami and AJ Feth
There are many seconds, minutes, days, weeks and months in our lives that go unaccounted for and are forgotten. Many times when we let time pass us by. There is nothing special or unique about the time that makes us stop and remember -- until there is such a time so special, so unique, so pivotal that you will never forget it. For it changed your life.
One such momement happened about 21 years ago. We were relatively new in town (which wasn't uncommon for us, we moved around a lot) and I had just started Junior High School (7th grade). I remember rounding the corner, walking into our kitchen and seeing my mom standing at kitchen sink, staring out the window. My mom noticed that I had walked in and said to me, "Jessie, come here -- look at this. Watch." I approached the window and saw my dad standing outside. He had no idea that he had an audience. He was too preoccupied watching his arm, shaking. The perplexed look on his face told me that this was something he had no control over. I don't remember where I was before that moment, and I don't remember where I went after, but, the moment in between took everyone in my family on an unexpected path - this was the moment that changed our life.
Not long after that moment, my father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. I have watched my dad's life over these many years change as the disease has progressed. But, my dad is a fighter. He continues to try to push the envelope in what he can do. Through the progression of his life with Parkinson's, he has continued in his passion for carpentry and swimming. Refusing to give up or give in.
My association with Parkinson's does not end there. About a year ago, I received a call from my mom. She too, was diagnosed with Parkinson's. And in April of this year one of my brother's was also diagnosed with Parkinson's as well.
After all of these years, my dad has refused to quit and so have I. This is why I walk. This is why I move. This is our day.
I am participating in the Moving Day Orlando Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation Central Florida Chapter on April 5th, 2014.
The event will take place at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs and 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, 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.
Why Get Involved
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) continues to bring help and hope to the estimated one million people in the United States, four to six million worldwide, who are living with Parkinson’s disease. NPF is the only organization with a singular focus on improving the quality of care in Parkinson’s disease. NPF programs reach more than one million people a year through its network of 39 chapters, 43 Centers of Excellence and 900 support groups. Since 1982, NPF has funded more than $172 million in care, research and support services.
Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the National Parkinson Foundation.