It’s been one year since my mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. One year since God tested our lives and our faith in every possible way. I can speak for our entire family when I say that we’ve all had our ups and downs. We’ve all been fearful, angry, overwhelmed, hopeful, positive and motivated.
While we still don’t have all of the answers and are still left with so many questions about what’s in store for my mom, we remain HOPEFUL. My mom is doing really well. She is eating right, taking her medication, seeing a wonderful neurologist in Houston and exercising as if her life depends on it … and it does.
While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, rigorous exercise has been proven effective for symptom management — improving gait, balance, flexibility, grip strength and motor coordination. And exercise can possibly slow disease progression, helping patients avoid complications resulting from PD.
That is why the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) hosts Moving Day® events all over the country: to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and the importance of movement and to raise funds to help further its mission to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s disease.
My mom — and the one million people in the U.S. living with PD — are why I’m participating again in the Moving Day Atlanta event, set to take place at Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday, November 1, 2014.
I NEED YOUR SUPPORT. Please consider joining my team and/or donating to this incredibly worthy cause. Every dollar counts and no amount is too small! This year, if I raise $10,000 or more, I will dye my hair BLUE to continue raising much-needed awareness for Parkinson's disease. Help me get to blue!
We need your help to give Parkinson’s disease a much-needed voice. There are people everywhere, of all ages, suffering from this disease … people who have a long life ahead of them and need organizations like NPF to support them in this incredibly difficult journey.
Your support means the absolute world to me.
About the National Parkinson Foundation
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 $180 million in care, research and support services.
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