I am 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. 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.
Why Get Involved
Why Get Involved
My husband, Brent, and I decided to get involved with Moving Day Chicago three years ago after learning about it from my cousin Jim and his family who participated in the NYC event.
Parkinson's Disease has deeply affected my family. Both my dad and my uncle suffered from this awful disease. I have watched how this disease not only affects those diagnosed but the significant impact it has in the lives of the care givers and family members of those diagnosed.
On a personal level, I have seen how the medical field, especially hospitals, need more education and support in how to handle parkinson's patients. They need to know just how important movement and medication is to those fighting this disease when they are in the hospital. I know the Parkinson's Foundation is working to do just this.
These are some of the reasons I walk on Moving Day. I walk for all the days that walking was a struggle for my dad and uncle. I walk for all the patients for whom taking just one step takes all of their effort. I walk for the courage my dad displayed every day of his life. I walk to thank my mom for the outstanding care she provided my dad and how she fought for him when he couldn't fight for himself. I walk to thank all of the caregivers for their strength and support. I walk in the hopes that one day there will be a cure for this disease so no one else needs to suffer. Most of all, however, I walk to honor my dad, my hero and role model. His love, patience, kindness and strength will never be forgotten
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.