I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in November, 2012. No doubt it has been a rocky road and -- I am not kidding myself -- it is going to get much more challenging.
But, I have taken a positive attitude and I handle each day as it comes and make the best of each day. Daily vigorous exercise and good medical help have kept my physical symptoms in check.
My mental and emotional success can be attributed to a great support group, my wonderful wife, Sharon and my three wonderful daughters, Heidi (and her husband Dan), Tiffany (and her boyfriend Mark), and Jasmine (and her boyfriend Matthew). But the person who has lifted me up the most is my almost 3-year-old grandson, Tommy. He can brighten even the darkest days. Extended family and friends have also been there for me.
I have one more weapon in my arsenal to fight PD – the ParkOptimists. This is a warm, upbeat, knowledgeable group that is like a second family. The ages of the members is probably from 50-90, but they all brighten my day with a smile, a warm greeting, and genuine concern for me and all the other members. At ParkOptimist, we have music therapy, chair and standing yoga, guest speakers and a variety of other activities.
As Captain, I am leading ParkOptimists in a fundraising drive as part of the National Parkinson Foundation’s Moving Day, which will be held on October 5, 2014 at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. We expect a turnout in the thousands to celebrate movement by walking a one-mile course and watching and participating in tai-chi, yoga and dance, among other activities. There will also be fun and games for children, music, fantastic prizes and raffles. It is from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon and it promises to be a fun day for the whole family.
Please support Park Optimists and the National Parkinson Foundation by coming to Moving Day, joining our team and donating an amount of money you are comfortable with. See the directions to the right or simply write out a check to “NPF/ParkOptimists Miami” and get it to me. I appreciate your support.
My Personal Web Log