Mac And Lou Pletcher
The Trussell Family
Bill Capone - HICI Insurance Co
Dear friends and family,
On Saturday, October 26th Rome and Northwest Georgia have an opportunity to make a difference in the more than 60,000 people living with Parkinson's disease in Georgia.
Moving Day is about more than just "walking for a cause". Moving Day is about changing lives for the better. Moving Day Rome will have a traditional "walk" of 1.25 miles around State Mutual Stadium along with a "Movement Pavilion" where demonstrations of various types of movement exercise will be held such as chair exercise, yoga, tai chi, and dance. Because Parkinson's takes away a person's ability to control movement, exercises such as these become even more important. There will also be activities for children, interactive exhibits and entertainment.
It has been estimated that Parkinson's affects more than 1.5 million people in the United States and their families. Approximately 13,000 of those live in the Northwest Georgia area. Parkinson's is a progressive, degenerative disorder of the brain and nervous system that affects the body's ability to control movement. Ultimately every muscle and organ in the body can be affected.
I am asking you, my friends, family and community to join me on Saturday, October 26th as Rome leads the nation in the fight to create a world free of Parkinson's. How do I know so much about Parkinson's? I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson Disease 9 years ago at the age of 37. Looking back, I had visible symptoms as early as age 30. By the time a diagnoses is reached, 80% or more of the body's ability to produce dopamine (the chemical that controls movement) is gone.
I know what is like to plan my day around when I take my medication. I know whatit is like to try to hide tremors and involuntary twitches and jerks. I know what it is like to be so stiff that I can't move or speak. And I know that with your help we can fund research into better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's disease.
Parkinson's disease was first "discovered" in 1817 when Dr. James Parkinson published his essay on "The Shaking Palsy". Nearly 200 years later and there still is no cure. There is nothing to slow the progression of the disease. There are only medications to mask the symptoms. Even in 2012, the gold standard in treatment of Parkinson's is a medication that was discovered in the 1960's.
People who move change the world. Rome, Georgia has an opportunity to become a leader in the fight to end Parkinson's disease. Join me for Moving Day. For more information, or to join Moving Day: A Walk for Parkinson's, visit www.gaparkinsons.org or
The Cure Matters!
Lindsey James Trussell
I am participating in the Moving Day Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation Georgia on Oct. 26, 2013.
The event will take place at the Rome Braves Stadium 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 $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.