Thank you for visiting my personal page! My family and I are participating in the Moving Day Chicago walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation, on October 19, 2014. The event will take place at the Grove 2 at Lincoln Park and will be a fun-filled, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities. Hope to see you there!
Why I Walk for Parkinsons
Parkinson's disease has affected both sides of my family and I've seen firsthand just how terrible this disease can be.
Grandpa Wayne (my dad's father) was my first introduction to Parkinsons. He was diagnosed with the disease when I was relatively young and even though I didn't entirely understand what was happening to him, it wasn't hard to see that he was suffering. He lived in my dad's house for several years until the severity of the Parkinson's escalated and he had to move into a nursing home for full-time care. It was difficult to see that mentally he was still with us, but that his body was slowly giving up. The simplest tasks for you or me were the exact opposite for him and as a teenager I didn't know how to help. He passed away in 2003 at the age of 75.
Grandpa Don (my mom's father) was diagnosed with Parkinsons about 5 years ago. After seeing Grandpa Wayne battle the disease I was expecting the worst, especially considering Grandpa Don had always been a very active golfer and avid card player. This time, the disease has been slower to manifest itself, which I'm sure is due largely in part to the advancements that have been made in medications and treatments in recent years. However, Parkinsons has still had a significant impact on Grandpa Don's lifestlye. He can no longer golf and, although he still makes it out to play cards, he spends much more time at home. Daily tasks have become ardorous and for a man who has always been a leader in our family, his frustration is both evident and heartbreaking.
Watching these two important men in my family battle with Parkinsons is what motivated me to get involved with the National Parkinson Foundation and specifically with Moving Day Chicago. My family started a team last year and raised more than $2,000 for the organization.
This year "Go For Gramps" will be back on the couse on October 19th and we would love to see as many people as possible come out to join our team or support us along the way!
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.