My mother. Loving, smart, giving, compassionate, brave... and diagnosed with Parkinson's disease since the young age of 36. Thirty six!! I was just 12 years old and my sister was 10 at the time. I thought her trembling right leg was just part of who she was. A normal thing. As it turned out, it was not normal, not stress induced, not anxiety. Parkinson's Disease.
My mom's Parkinson's has been a roller coaster. Both physically and emotionally, for my mother and my sister and I. My mom's disease has progressed. A lot of people that see my mom once in a while sometimes get surprised when they find out she has Parkinson's. They don't realize that Parkinson's is not just shaking. But coordination, balance, and freezing; both physically and mentally. And then there are the meds and all the side effects that they bring.
Three years ago my mom had to stop working. She tried and gave it her all for as long as she could. But it's just not possible. Her health and safety is more important. But we're ok... My sister and I have her back just like she had ours as we were growing up.
I love my mom more than words could ever really express. I would do ANYTHING for my mom! And when I found out about Moving Day Miami benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation I jumped at the chance to participate and raise funds and awareness to this disease.
So the Moving Day Walk will take place on October 6th, 2013. I have created a Team called All in Motion. We are committed to walk or run the 5k and our goal is to raise $500 for the National Parkinson Foundation. I am asking my friends and family to either consider being a part of my team or sponsoring me. I thank you in advance for your support!!!!
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.