Edith and Michael Gelfand
Barbara and Debbie Rogal
Jacob, Panina, Hudi, Ayelet, & Miriam
Susan & Michael Whalton
Chelle & Bobby Medow
Anne and Art Gauthier
I am participating in the Moving Day Walk, benefiting the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area on Nov. 10, 2013. I am supporting Bruce James, an "adopted" cousin and friend, who is Captain of Team Chareidim.* Bruce was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease four years ago and is doing well, in large part due to research supported by the National Parkinson Foundation. Having seen the potentially devasting effects of Parkinson's disease first hand, I am also participating in memory of my grandfather, Robert Feldman, and my Uncle, Paul Rogal. Recent research at NIH and at research centers in Israel has found that Parkinson's disease is associated with mutations that result in the enzyme deficiency causing Gaucher disease, which also has affected members of my family, including my sister, Jeanne. Please consider sponsoring me or, if you live in the DC area, consider joining Team Chareidim.
The event will take place on Nov. 10, 2013 at the Nationals Park and will be a fun-filled, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities. In addition to the walk 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.
*A reference to a Hebrew word in Isaiah 66:5 that describes those who "tremble" or "quake" before G-d. Some Orthodox Jews in Israel call themselves "chareidim" and some Christians refer to themselves as "Quakers," based on this biblical verse. Bruce and his family decided this was an appropriate name for a team led by an Orthodox Jew with Parkinson's Disease.
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 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.
Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area and the National Parkinson Foundation.