Bob & Nancy Smoose
Nancy L Ellenberger
Jeff and Jamie Rhoades
It's almost time for Moving Day Miami and I am SWAMPED! It's been another exciting year as we added more locations and increased our participation nationwide. But the sad fact is that the number of people living with Parkinson's disease (about 1 million Americans) is expected to double by 2030. That means increased healthcare costs, greater reliance on family for care and, for a growing percentage of those diagnosed, a forced early exit from the workforce.
I am not aware of any incidence of Parkinson's disease in my family. However, I have met so many people the last two and a half years who live with this disease or who graciously serve as a carepartner for someone who does. Many actually feel like family! Sadly, I have watched two co-workers lose parents who were living with Parkinson's in the last year.
However, it has been very rewarding to see the impact the National Parkinson Foundation has on improving the quality of care for the Parkinson's community. Some really exciting work is underway with the Parkinson's Outcomes Project which is examining effective care through our Centers of Excellence network. Our Helpline (1-800-4PD-INFO), free materials, and the new patient smartphone app are just a few of the ways we work to improve the quality of life for people today.
I will of course be WORKING on Oct. 6 during Moving Day Miami at Bayfront Park, but I would love to count on your support in reaching my $500 fundraising goal, or even have you join team Parke Diem. Your consideration is greatly appreciated. There is no such thing as a donation that is too small. And, don't forget to keep MOVING for better health!
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