The Anthony Family
Ms. Patty Croom
My Story and Why I Am Asking you to Get Involved
I started working as the Clinical Social Worker and Center Coordinator of the UNC Movement Disorders Center, a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence, in June 2012. I was fresh out of graduate school at the time - I had no idea that I had just been hired at my dream job. I had worked with people with Parkinson's here and there over the years through internships and volunteer jobs, but it was all while I thought I wanted to dedicate my life to working with people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. As I started my current position and continued to learn more about this complex neurodegenerative disorder, I started realizing how amazingly hopeful of a disease Parkinson's really can be. The people I have met in the clinic and my support group have changed my life and my perspective of living with a chronic illness. Parkinson's is more than just a tremor or "that thing that Michael J. Fox has". It has the ability to alter your lifestyle, identity, roles, relationships, finances - the list goes on. Yet, people can live meaningful and functional lives for 20+ years. My PD folks and their carepartners are among the most creatively adaptive and resilient people I've ever met. I run 2 support groups, a bimonthly Interdisciplinary PD Clinic, and a number of educational programs, as well as provide solution-focused counseling to my patients and connect them to community resources and educational materials... but it's not enough. That's why I decided to approach the NPF and ask to organize North Carolina's very first Moving Day! This has been a full time job on top of my full time job, but I don't regret it for a second. I have been overwhelmed by the support so far and imagine we will far exceed our initial goal of $50,000. But I still need your help to make this event a success. Please register to be a part of my team and join me on November 2nd as we strive to enhance the quality of life of all my patients and their families, the thousands of other people affected by PD in North Carolina, and the over 1 million Americans with this complex, chronic disease. Thank you!!
More General Information
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, LSVT Big, 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.
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!!