Our family is participating in the Moving Day Miami Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation on October 6th, 2013. We are walking to honor our Mom/Grandmother Rosa Ponce who is a Parkinson Survivor. She has been battling this disease since 1996. My mom went through a DBS Procedure in 2010. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure to implant a pacemaker-like device that sends electrical signals to brain areas responsible for body movement. Electrodes are placed deep in the brain and are connected to a stimulator/battery device. Similar to a heart pacemaker, a neurostimulator uses electric pulses to help regulate brain activity. This miracle procedure improved drastically my mom's quality of life. It reduced her symptoms of tremor, slowness of movement, stiffness, and walking problems caused by movement disorders.
My mom is a fighter with a great spirit! Even though this disease is brain related, i am grateful that her memory is in excellent condition. My mom is a Leader at her Adult Daycare and loved by everyone. She enjoys shopping and giving presents away to anyone just for any reason. She adores her grand kids!
I am thankful to God for allowing my mom to continue to fight this disease and I continue to hope that she will be cured one day!
The Moving Day Walk helps to raise awareness and critical funds to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s disease through research, education and outreach. For more information about the National Parkinson Foundation and its work, please visit www.parkinson.org.
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.