Patrick & Debbie Smith
Mr. Patrick O'Loughlin
I am participating in the Moving Day Rochester, NY Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation Greater Rochester Chapter on September 15th, 2013.
I am a part of Moving Day 2013, to aid in the fight against Parkinson's Disease because of my Grandfather Smith, one of the most prominent and positive male figures in my life. When he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease I was too young to fully understand what it ment, but as I entered my first year of college, the reality of his diagnoses began to become clear to me and our family. In spite of my grandfather’s positive attitude and strong spirit his decline made us feel helpless, until we realized we were anything but, that we could take an active role in helping him adjust to a new way of life. Rather that retreating in fear from the effect of PD, we chose to help him relearn how to perform routine daily tasks, use his laptop, go with him on his morning walks so he could maintain one of his life-long routines without fear of freezing or falling with no one there to help.
I believe the fight against Parkinson's and spreading the education about preventative measures is a worthy one and that is why I move.
The event will take place at Monroe Community College Brighton Campus 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.