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I am participating in the Moving Day NC Triangle Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation on November 2nd, 2013.
The event will take place at Koka Booth Amphitheatre (Cary, NC) and will be a fun-filled, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities. We will be able to enjoy a variety of movement activities yoga, dance, Pilates, Tai Chi, stretching and much more and celebrate the importance of movement in our lives.
Please consider being a part of my team or sponsoring me, and I encourage you to get your friends, family and coworkers involved.
I was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in May of 2011. Both myself and Jocelyne had noticed changes in my behavior and demeanor over some months but chalked it up to my transition into retirement. In April however, while visiting our three children (Eric, Leigh and Sophie), they too noticed that I was not myself. After comparing their notes, they did some on-line research and thought that I may be showing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. They actually did an “intervention”. Our daughter, Leigh called to say that the three of them agreed that I needed to see a doctor immediately. I saw our internist within days. He recommended an evaluation by a Movement Disorder specialist at Duke University near our home in Durham, NC, who confirmed our children’s suspicions that I have PD.
We dove into researching this disease and all became very knowledgeable of the value of exercise in combination with a regimen of medication. I took the “bull by the horns” and joined a Parkinson’s Support Group, attended classes, signed up for a pharmaceutical trial and read and shared everything I could find on this disease that had invaded my body. Later in the year, Sophie, who lives in NYC, remembered that she had supported the Unity Walk for a work colleague whose Dad also had Parkinson’s (Team Papa’s Rockin’ NJ Walkers) and suggested that we too could form a team of our own and walk in Central Park with this amazing, supportive group.
Our Team Captain, Sophie, set up Team Boot Scoot & Boogie, and what began as a “family” initiative soon grew to include not only family, but extended family and friends. We set a financial goal for the team and exceeded it by so much more than we could have imagined. The Unity Walk took place on my 62nd birthday and we were overwhelmed by everyone who joined us. We numbered 28 including our 5 grandchildren, ages 5 years - 4 months! It was a perfect day, the atmosphere was electric; a joyful day filled with optimism for a cure. We were honored to have raised over $29,000 and become the Rookie Team of the year. We are so proud to be a part of this initiative especially knowing that 100% of the proceeds go to fund Parkinson’s research. We are so fortunate to have the love and support of our amazing children, grandchildren, extended family and dear friends. I could not have asked for a more perfect birthday present. Team Boot Scoot & Boogie lead the 2013 Walk and topped our 2012 fundraising efforts at $32,000!!
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 $172 million in care, research and support services.
Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the National
All the best,