As many of you know, my father was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease over 10 years ago. Over the last several years, Dad has participated in many medication trials and underwent Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) last year.
We are so very thankful for the science, research, and support that has greatly improved his (and our) quality of life. I am beyond thankful for the time and memories the treatment has afforded me and my children. I cherish the many memories I have of my dad patiently walking, playing, or talking with my children. We pray for continued progress and plenty of memories to come.
My dad's patience, humility, work ethic, and kindness are inspirations to us. My family and I decided to follow in his footsteps by participating in the 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. We're hoping that the whole Fischer family can come together from our respective homes - New Orleans, Northern/Mid/Southern Virginia, NYC - to participate.
And thankfully (especially for me, since fundrasing is not a strength of mine ;)), 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 to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson's disease through research, education, and outreach.
If you can't afford to give, don't worry. You can join our team if you want to come to Cary, NC on November 1. You can also send a good joke or a message, which we will post on the blog - my dad loves jokes and hearing from you.
Thank you so much for all of your support - financial and emotional - and for reading this long email.
Sarah Etu & Family