My grandfather, Ron Krusemark, has Parkinson's.
My grandfather was diagnosed with Parkinson's many years ago and I have very few memories of him before the disease. Because he lived in Minnesota and I lived in California, I remember talking to him on the phone when I was younger. He would always tease me that there was a mouse in our garage out to get me. I remember playing cards with him in his den. I remember putting little pieces of chopped up hotdog on our fishing line because I wouldn't use a worm. I hold onto these few memories in order to try and build a picture in my mind of what my grandpa would be like if he didn't have Parkinson's.
I am participating in Moving Day® Atlanta – Walk for Parkinson’s, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation on November 9th, 2013. The event will take place at the Georgia Tech Campus 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 including a short walk, yoga, dance, Pilates, Tai Chi, stretching and much more to celebrate the importance of movement for those living with with Parkinson's Disease.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Please consider joining my team or donating if you can’t make it to the Atlanta event. I am trying to recruit as many walkers and teams as possible, so please feel free to form your own team as well!
WHY GET INVOLVED: The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) continues to bring help and hope to the estimated one million people in the U.S. and 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 for patients living with 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.