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People like me don’t get Parkinson’s. I’m still relatively young, high performing, exercise regularly. At most, I’m likely to get one of those new strains of flu.
Except I did get Parkinson disease. And I’m working hard not to let it defeat me.
There are more than a million others in the U.S. who, like me, have Parkinson disease; and 50,000-60,000 more are diagnosed each year. Western Pennsylvania has one of the highest rates in the nation. So we are talking about home.
I won’t pretend to be cheerful about it; it makes it difficult to live even a relatively normal life. And on a bad day…
Oddly enough, however, I am writing this letter out of hope, not despair. The cure is out there. It may lie in gene therapy, or better medications or delivery systems, or in one of the promising new lines of research. We are getting close.
But, as you well know, research takes money. What I can contribute is just a drop in the bucket, but if we combine millions of drops, we have a flood. So I am asking you to help open the floodgates. Help find that cure.
The National Parkinson Foundation Western PA (NPFWPA) has designed a fundraiser, and I’ve accepted the invitation to be Honorary Co-Chair. The event is called “Moving Day,” because we want to get moving on a cure for Parkinson disease. We want people to join in any way they can, so you can walk; you can remain in the exercise room for physical activities; or you can simply do stretching exercises. Anything that “moves you.”
PEOPLE WHO MOVE CHANGE THE WORLD
Moving Day will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at Highmark Stadium, home of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, on the Southside.
You can participate on several levels, and they are not mutually exclusive.
· You can make a donation and you can solicit others to donate.
· You can join a team on Moving Day on September 28, and solicit sponsor/donors for your team. (My team is called Gene’s Dream Team.) Your team captain will have further details for you.
· You can build your own team. As team captain, you simply register with the NPFWPA, create a team name, find some team members, and start developing your donor list.
You can get further details from NPFWPA at 412-837-2542 or movingdaypittsburgh.org; or contact me at 412-421-7008 or email@example.com.
Please make a move and help create a flood.
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.