Thank you for visiting the Moving for Mom team page! We would like to share our mom’s story as well as the reason that we will be walking together at this amazing event on Sunday, October 19, 2014. If you have any questions about signing up, the event itself, or the National Parkinson Foundation, please feel free to contact any of us. We look forward to seeing you all in October!
“One morning, just after my 55th birthday, I woke up with a slight tremor in my right hand and arm. My dad had lived for many years with a tremor in his hand so I assumed that the tremor was just one more similarity I had with my dad. After doing some research, I decided to make an appointment with a neurologist. I chose a doctor from Northwestern University Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center since they are the only hospital group in Chicago as well as the State of Illinois to be awarded as a ‘Center of Excellence’ from the National Parkinson Foundation.
With my husband joining me at the appointment, I was given a neurological exam which consisted of general questions, a memory test, walking, moving various parts of my body, etc. I knew (or thought I knew) that I had ‘just a tremor’ like my dad so I was not too concerned. At the end of the exam, the doctor gave me the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. It turns out that I had 2 of the 4 classic symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease; a unilateral resting tremor in my right arm and hand as well as rigidity and tightness. I also learned that Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disease and presently, there is no cure. From that moment on, I would begin the fight to BEAT PARKINSON’S!
While it is true that I did receive a ‘not so wonderful’ diagnosis that day, somehow I still find myself feeling truly blessed. I have an amazing family and incredible friends who have provided me with overwhelming love and support. In 2012, my children decided to lead a team for the first ever National Parkinson Foundation Moving Day Chicago. The event included a walk or run along with other movement activities. We were humbled by the support our family received, helping make the first event in Chicago an incredible success. The event rose over $235,000!
Moving Day Chicago has now become a yearly tradition. My children not only lead our ‘Moving for Mom’ team, but they now work all year to help plan the event! With the support of family and friends, we plan to walk together again for the 3rd Annual Chicago Moving Day on Sunday, October 19th in Lincoln Park - not only to raise more awareness of Parkinson’s Disease, but to provide needed funds for research in order to hopefully find a cure soon!
Please help BEAT PARKINSON’S by walking with us this year!”
– Lynn Braun