The Wehmeier Family
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Dear Family and Friends,
I have just registered as a participant in the Moving Day Chicago Walk. The Moving Day Walk helps to raise awareness and critical funds to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson?s disease through research, education and outreach. For more information about the National Parkinson Foundation and its work, please visit www.parkinson.org.
As many of you know, a person who has been a second father to me had Parkinson's, he was diagnosed with it in 1996. On Sunday, April 14th, Dennis Hirschboeck's battle with the disease came to an end and he passed away. Dennis was a combat Vietnam Veteran who served his country and for that he was exposed to Agent Orange, which in turn causes Parkinson's disease. It's an awful disease that affects the entire family. It holds its victims hostage in their own bodies. In July 2012, Dennis was still mobile and able to get around with a cane. He could speak and eat normally. By December he could only get around with assistance. During the last few weeks of his life, he was bedridden, unable to communicate very much and when he did eat, could only consume baby food. Between December 2012 and the time of his death he had lost approximately 100 lbs. I was able to spend a few hours with him on the Friday before his passing even though he wasn't conscience. I talked to him, told him I loved him, thanked him for all he had done for me and told him goodbye. It was a terrible way to see someone.
I was fortunate to have a man like Dennis in my life after my father passed away. I became friends with his daughter Cris in the 6th grade. He took me in as part of his family almost immediately. He was a strong man who spoke his mind and didn't pull any punches. He had a quick wit about him and was loyal to his family and friends. I will miss him tremendously for the rest of my life and will be forever thankful and grateful to him.
In memory of Dennis, I ask for your help in raising money for research to hopefully someday find a cure for this disease by donating to me for the 5k I will run in October. Any amount is appreciated and will be very helpful.
The Moving Day Chicago Walk takes place on October 20, 2013, but my journey starts today-- the journey toward my fundraising goal! Please support me in this important goal by visiting my fundraising page and making a contribution. Making a tax-deductible donation online makes supporting the National Parkinson Foundation quick and easy; however, if you would prefer, you can send your contribution to the address listed below.
To mail in a donation make all checks payable to:
National Parkinson Foundation
And mail to me at:
15118 Glen View Court
Homer Glen, IL 60491-8744
Please be sure to put my name in the memo field.
Your tax-deductible gift makes a difference in the National Parkinson Foundation's mission to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson?s through research, education and outreach. Whatever you can give will help ? it all adds up!
I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.