In 1979, at the age of 48, my Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He lived with PD for 26 years. During that time, my sister and I wanted to get involved to help the Parkinson community, so in 1998 we became volunteer members of the committee that organizes the annual Moving Day Twin Cities Walk (originally named the "Twin Cities Walk for Parkinson’s Disease"). That first year $10,000 was raised. Last year (17 years later) $202,000 was raised and there are now 25+ family members and friends who help by volunteering at the walk - it has truly become a family affair and it has been such an awesome experience watching this event grow.
This Saturday, May 3rd is Moving Day Twin Cities and will be held at Hilde Performance Center and Park in Plymouth. Thousands will gather to raise funds to support those who live with Parkinson's Disease. The event is a fun-filled, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities. There will be food, music, information booths, a variety of movement activities (yoga, dance, Pilates, Tai Chi, stretching) and much more.
Funds raised through Moving Day primarily stay with the Minnesota chapter to serve local families. A small portion of the proceeds is directed to the National organization to fund research initiatives that result in benefits for all families living with PD.
I will be at the Walk in memory of my father, in honor of my cousin’s wife and all others affected by this disease. Please consider sponsoring me or being a part of my team.
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.