Ms. Becky Strauss
I am participating in the Moving Day Kansas City Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation Heartland on June 15, 2013. My daughters and I are walking in memory of my Father, William (Bill) Kimpel. He has been gone now for almost 17 years. But the fight for a Parkinson's cure still remains. Why have I called us "Team Billy the Brownie"... My Dad was born and raised in Wisconsin. Back then Billie the Brownie was a Christmas personality that Schusters Department store introduced in 1927. His popularity soared among Milwaukees Baby Boomer generation through parades, radio shows, and department storefronts and brought him continued visibility for over forty years. Growing up, there was always a present under the Christmas tree signed from "Billy the Brownie" (aka Dad). Our participation in this event is now our gift to him for all the Christmases that were cut short.
The event will take place at the Village Shopping Center, Prairie Village 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.
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 $172 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.