Gillie and Riddick Revelle
Paul and Sally Pfleiderer
I was one of those lucky kids who knew she would be a doctor since a very young age. Of course, having almost everybody in my family doing medicine most probably shaped that desire as well. But I never knew what kind of doctor I will be...
I decided on neurology because it was fascinating, intriguing and something that most of my classmates thought too “nerdy”, but I had never thought that Parkinson's disease would be part of my day… every day.
I am a doctor who mainly takes care of patients with Parkinson's disease and their families. I meet them at the clinic, I answer their thoughtful and sometimes anxious emails, I talk to them on the phone, at a strange hours of the day (whenever I am done with the clinic and with the emails) and then I think about my patients in the evening or on the weekend making mental notes on what to do next for them or their care – partners.
And of course, I play with my kids, laugh with my husband, chit – chat with my elderly grandmother and hug my Mom, cook and read books. And when the opportunity appeared to organize community event completely dedicated to people with Parkinson’s disease, somehow it felt as important as all the hugs, and giggles, and chit-chats with my family, because the patients and their loved one are also my family.
I am walking for my patients and with my patients along with all the people affected by Parkinson’s disease to show that we are together and we are thinking about each other. We really hope that we can find the cure or put up a good fight or just be there for each other even when it hurts and even when it is hard to move.
I am participating in the Moving Day NC Triangle Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation on November 2nd, 2013.
The event will take place at Koka Booth Amphitheatre (Cary, NC) 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.
So please join me, walk with me on November 2, or register and create your own team to walk, or send your donation that will help built North Carolina own Parkinson Disease Chapter and reach out to more people affected by Parkinson’s disease.
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.