Aloha and Thank you for visiting Team Smiling page.
I am participating in Moving Day Hawaii, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation Hawaii on Saturday, October 25th, 2014. I am proud to have a great team this year walking with me on TEAM SMILING.
People have asked me how we picked our team name. As the captain, I picked it in memory of my Mom Kathleen Cooper because she always SMILED! And because I have an amazing group of BYUH students, family and friends who support me and keep me smiling and moving!
A smile goes a long way, it opens doors, it creates friendships, expresses love, shows caring and compassion, and a smile brings hope. Most of all a smile makes you and others around you feel better. So why not Always smile? For those of us with Parkinson sometimes our lips have a hard time curling up to create a grin and smile, our muscles and nerves quit. But that doesn't matter, we can still smile with our eyes, our heart, our attitude. We can always smile.
I am so grateful for this years team! Once again I am moved and blessed beyond measure just knowing that my family and many of BYUH students are supporting me and joining me at the walk.
Last year I never thought I would meet my fundraising goal because I decided to join the event at the last moment and yet I surpassed it. I am still overwhelmed! This year I hope to achieve the same goal or surpass it, but most of all I ask for your blessings, encouragement, love and prayers. I could not do this with out you.
As the new recording secretary for the National Parkinson Foundation Hawaii, I am helping to promote the walk at many events and different places around Ohau this year. I am so thrilled to be a part of these fundraising efforts as I know Mom would want me to do this. The best part is I have an opportunity to meet so many involved in the medical and Parkinson's community. I am learning so much! Life is such a gift, and I am so grateful and inspired by those who dedicate their life to the different realms of this disease.
The event will take place at Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds 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
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 again for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the National Parkinson Foundation, but most of all thank you for your love, prayers and support in our efforts to battle this disease.
Thank you all for joining me and for supporting Team Smiling