Hello Family, Friends, and Supporters:
For those of you who knew my grandfather, John R. Fountain Sr., you know that he was a loving father, a dedicated and patient educator, and a spiritual man of God. He was a simple man with a big heart that was always willing to help where help was needed.
Some remember him as an educator: a special education teacher at Friendship Special School and later the principal of Central Special School.
Some will remember him as a strong pillar in the community, being an active participant and member of the Association of Educational Leaders, the AA County Principals Association, the Tri-Civic Association of Churchton, Shady Side, and Deale, and a representative on the Council for Exceptional Children; his outstanding community service earning him recognition from the NAACP in 1999 and an appearance in the 1971 edition of Personalities of the South.
Some will remember him as an active church member of St. Matthews UMC, Shady Side, MD, or as a loyal friend visiting the sick. Some may have shared a cup of coffee with him, or exchanged in kind words, waved to him while riding down Cedarhurst Rd, seen him riding his "Cadillac" cutting the grass or bringing in wood for the fireplace. Some of you may have witnessed his dance moves in church or had the pleasure of hearing his voice.
I really shouldn't speak in past tense because I feel that my grandfather "Buck" is still here with all of us. Though he is not here in the flesh, his spirit still lives in me and my family, and his memory and legacy are here to stay. He is my grandfather, my supporter, my friend, my love, and I miss him dearly.
My grandfather passed away peacefully on November 19th, 2011 after his hard fought battle with Parkinson's Disease. Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder that affects the nervous system. This disease affects your movement and later in stages can affect your mood, cognition, behavior or thought alterations, sensory and sleep.
In my grandfather's memory I am participating in the Moving Day Walk, benefiting the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area on Nov. 10th, 2013.
The event will take place at the Nationals Park 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: a 2-mile walk, 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.
TO DONATE: Click on BUCK'S TEAM link directly under John Fountain's picture to donate directly to the team, click on DONATE TO TIFFINI sponsor to this participant, click on JOIN TIFFINI'S TEAM to become a participant in the walk.
Why Get Involved?
The mission of the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA) is to improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson's disease, their care-partners and families within the National Capital Area.
PFNCA assists those affected by Parkinson's disease by providing resources, information and support, including:
- Advancing public knowledge of Parkinson's disease
- Support & education programs for patients and their families
- More than 65 exercise, dance, yoga, choir, aerobics and communications classes every month.
30,000 people in the National Capital Area live with Parkinson's disease. This is more than ALS, MS and Muscular Dystrophy combined. We can make a difference in their lives and in the lives of their loved ones. Help us to help so many more. PFNCA is a chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation which since 1982 has funded more than $172 million in care, research and support services.
My Family and I thank you in advance for your participation, donations to Buck's Team, and for your time if you choose to walk with us. Please feel free to contact me for more information.