Walking is not as glamorous as dumping a bucket of ice water on your head, but it is one form of movement that can push back against the disease that I have dedicated my career to fighting -- Parkinson disease.
I am participating in the Moving Day Rochester, NY walk, for the National Parkinson Foundation Greater Rochester Chapter on September 14th, 2014.
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. There will be a variety of movement activities including yoga, dance, Pilates, Tai Chi, stretching and much more to celebrate the importance of movement in our lives. Activities start at 8:30, including a craft table that I will be helping out with -- come make a pet rock with me!
Why Get Involved
I have served on the board for the local chapter since 2009, sharing my expertise as a clinician who cares for individuals with Parkinson disease, making sure that the funds raised through Moving Day and other local fundraising events are effectively used to help the people in my community affected by Parkinson disease.
If you participated in the ice bucket challenge, I am so thankful to you--thankful as a neurologist who has seen the devastation that ALS can cause. ALS is just the tip of the iceberg (no pun intended). A treatment that can stop nerve cells from dying may help not only ALS, but also Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease, and many other neurodegenerative diseases for which we currently have no cure. We ALL benefit from the extraordinary fundraising for ALS research that was achieved with the ice bucket chellenge.
Please consider bringing some of that same enthusiasm to come walk with me and meet the extraordinary community of individuals I work to help every day.