Dear Family & Friends,
My personal journey in Parkinson’s disease has taken me through many challenges, some of them quite daunting and life re-defining. However, it also has brought a new perspective into my consciousness. This is the realization of how dependent we are upon one another—that our lives are unequivocally intertwined and our decisions affect many others. Life trials bring us onto contact with others who happen to cross your path and in turn, become fellow travelers down the road. This hazardous road may be made rougher or smoother by the actions of others, and so on. I began my journey the day I was diagnosed with the disease some eleven years ago, and since then I have been joined by many others—friends, strangers, co-workers and family members
Although there is no currently known cure for Parkinson, those afflicted with this disease may find a measure of relief from its debilitating symptoms among many modes of therapy and support. When delivered with consistency and compassion, these services can provide and restore some of the lost physical mobility, quality of life and dignity. I have taken advantage of these resources and after all these years I can give personal testimony of their effectiveness. My disease has advanced rather slowly and I can enjoy an active and rewarding life while volunteering some time at the therapy sessions.
And, that is why I am writing this letter to you. These resources are available to the afflicted through the efforts of the National Parkinson Foundation South Florida Chapter—efforts that are wholly funded by private contributors such as you, my friend. These donations constitute the lifeline that sustains the flow of these essential services to me and my fellow sufferers.
I want to make a personal appeal to you concerning the importance of your support for our programs. On Sunday, October 5th, Moving Day Miami 2014, our main fundraising event will be held at Bayfront Park. There, under the turquoise skies of our beloved city, we will gather as a family to celebrate life, to make a statement that we are still moving, and that we need your help to continue our mission—to keep on moving.
As committed partakers on this worthy endeavor, my local Parkinson support group, The ParkOptimists, who operate as part of the National Parkinson Foundation South Florida Chapter, have formed our own action team to personally reach out to the community for continuance of its generous support to our cause. Please come and join our team to keep this worthy effort alive. For a complete listing of the participating teams and how to join this effort go to our website at www.npfsouthflorida.org, and click on “MovingDayMiami2014”.
Living with hope,