I am participating in the Moving Day NC Triangle walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation on November 1st, 2014.
As many of you know, my husband, Jerry was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease quite awhile ago... and the truths we all have learned are (1) Jerry is one tough cookie, he has taken this as part of his life, to be dealt with, not to be given up on, and 2) science, skilled doctors and innovative research are big heroes in this story & without them, our lives, and especially Jerry’s would be much, much different.
Jerry is always the first to volunteer [in this case, for studies on medicines for PD or, last year, a new brain mapping-MRI being researched at U. of Minnesota where we traveled to have the new study completed, and last May, Deep Brain Stimulation surgery]. He is also the first to crack a joke... to find the light in a dark tunnel [so, the DBS surgery has been a gold mine for him! Jokes about robots, my control of the remote, and shaved heads are plentiful in the Fischer household now.]
My family and I decided to follow in his footsteps and do what we can and participate in the National Parkinson’s Moving Day NC Triangle walk event on Saturday, November 1st, 2014. The Walk will be a celebration of movement, with a special Movement Pavilion featuring yoga, dance and much more [Photos of Julia, William & Baby Brendan are promised]. We're hoping that the whole Fischer crew can come from our respective homes - New Orleans, Northern/Mid/Southern Virginia, & NYC - to participate.
And unlike many other walks there's no ridiculous fundraising goal --- the goal is to do whatever you can for the cause. It will be a fun-filled, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities and will help raise money for the National Parkinson Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson's disease through research, education and outreach.
To give, you can visit my pagehttp://www3.parkinson.org/site/TR/MovingDayEvent/NationalParkinsonFoundationHQ?px=1309159&pg=personal&fr_id=1750 and then click the Donate tab on the right. If your company matches, please contact me -- I'll make sure this happens. The website is a little “wonky” (to quote our team captain, Laura) so let me know if you have any problems.
If you can't afford to give $, don't fret. You can join our team if you want to come to Cary, NC on November 1. You can also send a good joke, which we will post on the blog – Jerry loves jokes and laughter is the best medicine, after all. Like I said, we chose this event specifically for its cool vibe and non-threatening fundraising expectations.
Please pass this along to other friends and family! Thank you so much for all of your support - financial and emotional - and for reading this long email!
Love, “Sue” (Susan Fischer)
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.