Will and I, along with our family, are participating in the Moving Day Tallahassee Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation North Florida on May 17, 2014, in honor of my father, Bill Ingram. Our team is lovingly titled “Parkie and the Gang”. As many of you know, my father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004, but refuses to let it define his capabilities or life. Using humor to deflect the effects of his disease, he continues through life, living each day to the fullest, spreading joy and the love of Christ to everyone.
You see, Parkinson’s can’t hold Parkie down!
When not practicing his guitar, he can be found riding his Harley, singing with the Parkinson’s choir, participating in the prison ministry, contributing to the Walk to Emmaus, or hanging out with the Christian Motorcyclists Association members. I am proud of my father’s determination and willingness to learn new things, meet new people, and plainly live. Although accomplishing daily things may be more difficult than what they were 10 years ago, my father simply refuses to give up or slow down.
Please take the time to join Parkie and the Gang on May 17th to walk for the National Parkinson’s Foundation and/or donate to our team. Thank you for your time to read about Parkie and support this great cause.
Information about 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.