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I am participating in Moving Day® Tampa Bay, benefiting the Parkinson's Foundation in honor of my husband, Ed Ham.
This is an organization near and dear to my heart as my husband, Ed, was diagnosed with PD in 1998. He’s now in his 21st year of living with Parkinson’s. It’s a progressive, neurological disease and although strides are being made daily with research, they have yet to find a cure or a way to stop the progression of the symptoms. Ed’s symptoms are progressing with increased balance, memory and cognitive issues. Medication and proper exercise help, however, adjustments in his activities of daily living are always being made to help diminish the symptoms and allow Ed to live as full a life as possible. He has converted from a regular bicycle to a 3wheeler since the regular bike was not his friend. But it’s a cool recumbent bike with a cargo case on the back as well as that awesome orange flag. He loves that bike, it gives him freedom to ride in our neighborhood, and on the many local trails we have in this beautiful area. He also now has several walking sticks given to him from his daughter Jessica. They are beautifully hand carved and from the Ukraine. They have saved him from many falls by giving him that balance check that is needed. Unfortunately, although they have helped, he still has had a few falls which have led to injuries literally from head to toe. Ed recently had shoulder surgery due to very bad pain in the shoulder and the Dr discovered a massive rotator cuff tear that is unrepairable. He is going to have physical therapy (again) to help strengthen the muscles around the rotator cuff, however if this does not work his doctor says that he may need a shoulder replacement. And this is all from balance issues from his PD. We continuously try to find ways to prevent his falls and much of what we learn, comes from organizations such as this one, the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Please help support the Parkinson’s Foundation’s mission to make life better for people with Parkinson’s. Your donation will help to improve care and advance research toward a cure. There are several ways to help- by joining us at the Parkinson’s Moving Day event; donate; volunteer at the event, assist the committee with media relations, etc.
Moving Day for the Tampa Bay area this year is Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the University of South Florida. The event is at the same location as last year, at the West Pond Pavilion, which is adjacent to Simmons Park. At this year’s event we’ll again experience the powerful/emotional ‘We Move’ Ceremony that will unite us in our commitment to move against Parkinson’s. Again, every registered participant will get a free I Move Ribbon representing his/her connection to the Parkinson’s community. We will wave the ribbons during the ceremony, at sessions at the We Move Pavilion, and during the walk. Please come out and join us at the walk if you can. You can’t miss us, we’re the ones with the neon orange shirts that say TEAM HAM. If you cannot make it to the walk your donations are VERY much appreciated!
Please join our team as we MOVE with the hope of finding a cure!
Thanks for your support,