Hi, my name is Robert Baittie. Two years ago at the age of 52, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. What started as a personal set back has turned into a much stronger push forward to do everything in my power to fight against this disease and to make every day count. I am very fortunate to be working with a wonderful team from Northwestern Medical faculty Foundation and the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and I am doing fantastic. I have been enrolled in the Parkinson's Progression Marker Initiative (PPMI) with the Michael J Fox Foundation in an effort to help expedite research and knowledge toward finding a cure.
I have also been actively writing a blog called Tremors in the Universe (www.robertlyman.tumblr.com) to share and promote a positive alternative and attitude toward dealing with chronic diseases such as Parkinson's. I have been a guest speaker for Parkinson's related functions and I want to do more and I would be very grateful to receive your help.
In my continuing efforts and commitment, I am participating in the Moving Day Chicago Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson's Foundation on October 19, 2014 at Lincoln Park in Chicago. Our team name is the Martini Shakers and this will be our second year participating in the walk. In 2013 we raised over $13,000 and this year with your help we would like to surpass that mark.
For a $100 donation you can receive a free Martini Shakers t-shirt. For a $200 donation a Martini Shakers sweatshirt and for a $500 donation a Martini Shakers personalized silver martini shaker.
If you would like to honor a loved one or friend who has been touched by Parkinson's for a $50 donation we will wear their name on our shirts during the walk in their honor. For any of the above specific donation levels please specify in the donation note area, the size of shirt, sweatshirt or name to honor and a way for us to contact you.
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 $180 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.
With the greatest of gratitude.