The Malarkey Family
Cat, Oli & Max
Bill and Marion Robertson
Greg and Sylvia Boehmer
Bret & Vicki Bailey
Lori & Butch
If Mom is the heartbeat of our family, Dad has always been the giant: larger than life and seemingly invincible. In 2007, a neurologist diagnosed him with Parkinsons Disease.
Since an estimated 1,000,000 people live with PD in the United States, including household names like Michael J. Fox and Mohammed Ali, chances are that you know how this disease works.
It goes after quality of life, making it hard for a loved one with PD to do things like knot a necktie, thread buttons through holes, and write legibly. PD specializes in trying to take down giants, but thanks to a combination of medication and exercise, ours is holding it at bay.
Experts believe exercise is crucial to helping PD patients move better and may even promote recovery by reconditioning the brain to maintain existing connections and restore lost ones. To underscore the importance of movement in the battle against PD, our family, led by our giant, is participating in Moving Day DC on November 10, 2013.
The event takes place at Nationals Park and supports the vital work of the Parkinson Foundation, an organization that helps those affected by PD by:
- Raising funds for PD research and support services (the organization has funded more than $72 million in care, research and support services since 1982).
- Raising public awareness of PD
- Providing Support & education programs for patients and their families; and
- Offering exercise, dance, yoga, choir, aerobics and communications classes every month
I hope you'll consider lending some help to the cause, whether by joining us as a walker, making a donation to the Parkinson Foundation, or offering moral support in the fight against PD. Thank you!!