I’m Rick Cornell and I’ve been with Mike Boychuck for over 15 years. Mike was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in November 2005. A lot has happened to Mike both physically and mentally. Changes in his body have affected every aspect of his life. We didn’t even know that much about Parkinson’s until we came face to face with it. It is unpredictable and affects everybody differently. Mike misses his independence which is slowly crumbling away bit by bit. There is a long road ahead of us in finding a cure.
Mike has been optimistic and doesn’t try to hide the facts. He would rather let people be aware of his condition so he can educate and answer questions. He misses going to work and socializing with coworkers and customers. He’s always concerned about his responsibilities and would really like to have a positive impact with others. He is slowing down and Parkinson’s sometimes takes over. He has good days also.
An example of everyday living: he struggles with the buttons of his shirt, he needs help with cutting up his meals (uses spoon instead of fork), getting in & out of bed, becomes depressed with his limitations.
Mike has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UB and can no longer paint or draw with the fine details he once took pride in. As he said “I have to get back on the horse again and ride into the sunset, but trying to saddle that horse is such a bitch!” (Please excuse the ”b” word)
Michael and many others like him need your support. It is a slow progressive disease and everyday is a different adventure.
Please join our team…….MIKE B MOVERS or even better - Start a team of your own!
I am participating in the Moving Day Buffalo walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation Western New York Chapter on Sunday, September 7th, 2014.
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 $180 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.