Peg McLean and Stan Yorsz
Pam St John
The Gillen Family
Laura Ainsley and Emily Wichmann
Myrna and Kenneth Brunson
As a dancer and naturally high energy, active individual, I truly believe the old adage "use it or lose it." Unfortunately, there sometimes comes a time when, through no fault of our own, our physical abilities are compromised.
As the daughter of an amazing man, his Parkinson's diagnosis certainly threw us for a loop. Anyone reading this page probably knows what I did to move hell and high water to find doctors and treatments to enable Zorya to live 2+ quality of life years when she was diagnosed with her debilitating illness. So, I'm sure it comes as no surprise I'm back at it again - this time for the most important man in my life!
When I look at his hands, it's not the shaking I see from the Parkinson's but the trembling from the strength I remember as a little girl as I would slip my small feet into the palms of his hands and he would lift me high into the air, squealing with delight. I believed he could lift me to the moon if he wanted and I was convinced, with his help, I could balance there among the stars forever if I chose to. And there was no better or more entertaining activity to me than that!
Today, I have to accept that physical ability in him may be gone forever (and I'm sure the fact that I weigh about 75 more pounds doesn't help much either! ;-) The A-Team has joined forces again this year for the 3rd annual Moving Day Walk to support the myriad of alternative ways to be strong and have fun and find balance together in this unique dance of life we are all moving and shifting through.
"Be the tree" my yoga teacher always says. Whether that be a tall and mighty oak, a weeping willow, or a lopsided seedling blowing in the wind, I believe there is beauty in all forms of movement, regardless your creative ability, physical limitations, or style.
Come move with us! The event will take place at Highmark 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 our 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 $155 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 ]