About three years ago I met one of my greatest friends and it wasn't until last month that I realized just how strong she has been over the years. In 2007 her mother, Lucia, was diagnosed with Parkinson's. I had the pleasure of meeting Lucia in May of this year. She isn't able to do all of the things she would like to do, but she does what she can and it's the most beautiful sight in the world to see her smile. To see someone smile after going through the challenges life has thrown at her, has given me an incredible amount of hope. I spent one afternoon in the kitchen with Lucia just cooking and talking. My mind was blown when she told me about her life and all of the things she has done. At times I was almost in tears but throughout the conversation, she just kept smiling. Meeting Lucia has changed the way I look at things. These days it is portrayed that heroes have to be in a suit, a uniform, or a cape. That is not the case here, Lucia is her own type of hero. One that may not be able to save the world by flying or capturing bad guys but by simply showing others how precious life really is. Her strength makes others feel safe, her hope tells others to never give up, her smile shows others that even on our weakest days we are still alive.
I am participating in the Moving Day Rome, GA Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation Georgia Chapter on October 26th, 2013.
The event will take place at State Mutual Stadium, Home of the Rome Braves, 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.