I am participating in the Moving Day Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation Western New York on Sept. 16, 2012 in honor of my Grandmother, my Aunt Joan, but mostly for my mother, Mary Irwin, who has bravely faced the many challenges of this profoundly disabling disease for 25 years. Mom is a strong, compassionate and kind-hearted woman who has always done more for others than for herself. Sadly, this disease has robbed her of virtually all mobility, her freedom to come and go as she pleases, and many of the little things we all take for granted. In my daily visits with her, I see her grace and strength, but I also see her frustration and even anger at times. She is human. She struggles. She rises to the challenge. She is inspiring.
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 $164 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 ]