Grandma Sherry: My Inspiration- In Your Honor
My grandma Sherry was diagnosed with a rare disease associated with Parkinson's Disease called Lewy Body Dimentia about seven years ago. I am now 16 and able to begin realizing and understanding the impact and severity of the disease. I grew up living next door to my grandma and grandpa and so I spent a lot of time with them, and my grandma was like a second mother to me. She devoted her life to helping people, especially children, by becoming a preschool teacher and starting her own daycare and family resources business called The Learning Tree. My grandpa is her main caregiver, and although the disease has reached advanced stages he insists on keeping her at home. My grandma can no longer talk or walk or feed herself, she needs constant support and help from family and in home nurses, but we are so proud of her for keeping up the fight. She still manages to smile and laugh sometimes and those moments are what make it all worth it. I don't know if she can understand me when I tell her I love her and that I'm sorry but I tell her anyway. I know the cure may not come in her lifetime, but I want to keep looking for it in her honor even after she passes because I know how hard it is to see someone you love slip away at the hands of a disease like Parkinson's. I have hope that with new technology we will find a way.
Thank you for your support,
Amber Haugen (16, MN).
I am participating in Moving Day Twin Cities, a walk for Parkinson's, on May 3, 2014, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota.
The event will take place at Hilde Performance Center and Park 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 for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the National Parkinson Foundation.