Dr. Jason R. Justice
Geoff and Laura Swanson
Kelly and Tom from North Shore
I am so excited to be walking in North Carolina's FIRST Moving Day for the National Parkinson Foundation!!! I am unfortunately all too familiar with the disease and the devastating effects it can have on those with the disease and their families. My mom, who is 54 years old, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease over 10 years ago...she had symptoms for a few years before her official diagnosis. My mom is considered to have "early onset" Parkinson's which is relatively rare (5-10%) but seems to be becoming more common over the last few years. My mom's first symptom began as a twitch in her right thumb and has progressed to a fairly debilitating stage at this point. There simply are no words for the emotion I have watching my otherwise healthy, vibrant, young mom become what she describes as "feeling like I'm 90 years old"!! It makes me sad, angry, and frustrated and I cannot imagine how it must make my mom feel:( My mom has been on countless medications over the years to control her symptoms (there is no cure for the disease and it is a progressive disease) and has undergone 2 deep brain stimulator surgeries and will be undergoing a third brain surgery this September or October. I cannot tell you what my mom means to me...she has loved me unconditionally and been the best mom in the world and I am desperately trying to find a way to help her and to help others with this disease. Please consider joining my team and walking with me on November 2, 2013!! And please, please consider donating to this wonderful cause to help fund research for the disease to continue to improve Parkinson's patients quality of life and to ultimately find a CURE!! Without hope we have nothing...so please join with me in holding on to hope!! Thank you so much on behalf of my mom, our family, and all the other people's lives affected by this horrible disease!!
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.
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.