Smigelsky Family: Aunt Kay, Steve/Lori, Frank/Ev
My name is Michael A. Boychuck and I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s’ seven years ago when I was 49 years of age. I didn’t really know what Parkinson’s was up to that point. I was devastated because my right side was affected and I’m right handed.
A lot of adjustments and emotions have occurred. I experience movement differently. Depression and mood swings became more often. With no family history, it certainly came as a surprise. It’s a slow disease that can happen to anyone. With your donation we can fight it! I’m forced to learn a new way of living.
I have a BFA degree in Painting from UB and have worked in Advertising and Pre-press at various Print shops. I studied in oil, acrylic and watercolor. With the challenges of watercolor I chose this medium after graduation as my preference. I have sold my artwork and have been accepted in many juried shows. The most prominent being the “Western New York Show” at the Albright Knox Art Gallery where my watercolor paintings were accepted in\ 1988, 1990, and 1992. I did receive 2 major awards for watercolor.
I designed many ads, brochures, covers, etc. I worked as a paste-up artist and mechanical artist using my skills and steady hands before the onslaught of computers came and dominated. I had precision and my right hand was my life. Because of the computer and jobs not paying much, I took a job at HSBC as a Customer Service Representative. I was at the call center for a year and at the branches for nine years. I’m on disability now.
I had the Deep Brain Stimulation surgery in January 2011. It has given me hope that I will paint and function again. We’re just getting the right levels.
Thank you for your support.
I am participating in the Moving Day Buffalo Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation Western New York Chapter on September 7th, 2013.
The event will take place at Coca-Cola Field 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.