As some of you may know, my mom has been struggling with Parkinson's Disease since the young age of 36. Most people associate Parkinson's with the elderly, but my mom was one of the unfortunate people that are diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's. The common symptom most people are familiar with is the dreadful tremor. However, tremors are just one of the many things my mom has to deal with on a daily basis. Throughout the years my mom's coordination, balance, and movements have all been affected. It has been challenging and honestly heartbreaking to see her progressively lose certain "normal" physical abilities. Simply getting out of bed is an enitire process that requires patience...and the medications themselves have there own set of side effects that come with them.
I love my mom with all my heart! Not a day goes by that I don't pray for her health. She is an extraordinary person. Everyone that has met her always tells me what a sweet, understanding, and compassionate person she is. She has a HUGE heart and deserves soooo much!!
My goal is to make more people aware of this complex disease that affects people in so many different aspects of their lives. My hope is that with more awareness, there will be more funding....and maybe one day...with more funding, there can be a cure.
Please help me reach my goal by donating to this great cause that comes to Miami for the first time: Miami Moving Day Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation South Florida, is on Oct. 7, 2012, at Bayfront Park. You can even be a part of my team All in Motion, and I encourage you to get your friends and family involved. Let's all go out to walk the 5K on behalf of all those people like my mom living with Parkinson's!
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 $164 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!