Last year, my lifelong friend Todd was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD). The diagnosis was quite a shock to Todd and all of us that love him as he was only 31 at the time. Many of you know Todd and know that his family has always been family to me despite no actual blood relation. We grew up together 2 houses away and attended the same schools and church growing up. When my mom traveled for work every week, I would stay with Todd's family and they would make sure I was fed, did my homework, and generally stayed out of trouble. Needless to say, I became close to Todd and his family and have always been grateful to them for welcoming me with open arms and wholehearted acceptance throughout my whole life.
When Todd was diagnosed last year, we were all heartbroken. I felt like there wasn't anything that I could do to genuinely help. But now I have the opportunity. I have signed up to participate in "Moving Day" - the National Parkinson Foundation fundraiser in Chicago. "Moving Day" is a walk and untimed fun run intended to get people moving and raise awareness about Parkinson's disease.
I have set an ambitious fundraising goal of $1,000 to donate toward Parkinson's research. It may be a stretch, but this issue is very important to me and I think that with your help, I will be able to reach that goal. Any amount you are able to give is deeply appreciated. If 36 of you donate $25, I will reach my goal (I have already donated $100). But you can donate any amount you feel comfortable with.
You can also read more about Todd's story if you click on the team page.
Thank you for reading and thank you for supporting this important cause.