Please Take 2 Minutes to View My Personal Video Message Below
Typically by now, you’d have heard from me about the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day Event in DC. I’d be rallying for your participation, donations, and holding fundraising events. I’d be creating this year's line dance, engaging with sponsors and picking out my Parkinson’s blue outfit to MC the event.
But as we all know, this is anything but a typical year.
Like other events, our walk has been cancelled – and we’ve pivoted to create a virtual event across the country on May 9th. I will miss the fundraising events, dancing on the stage on the Lincoln Memorial grounds, and walking the National Mall.
We are all in an unfamiliar place right now
I am very sensitive to the current environment and recognize that this year’s donation ask is a very different one. So let me just preface it with this.
Thank you for all of your past, present, and future support - in whatever shape it takes. If you can’t contribute financially this year, know that you are still supporting me every day with your friendship.
If you are able to donate to the Parkinson’s Foundation, know that you are helping people like me who are living with the second largest and fastest growing neurodegenerative disease in the world. In the US alone, 160 people are newly diagnosed every day.
Your donation will help fund promising Parkinson’s research that continues towards better treatments and ultimately a cure.
You will fund local community grants for organizations that provide services and assistance programs for those living with Parkinson’s. In the past 5 years, because of your support, Moving Day DC generated close to $700,000 which has funded:
8 research grants
10 Community grants, helping 4,700
Funded 2 centers of Excellence at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown
Your support will help create community. When I was diagnosed 12 years ago, I, like many young onset, faced it largely alone; unable to comprehend this diagnosis of a progressive, neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure. Information and resources from the Parkinson’s Foundation provided me with knowledge and a network of people that gave me the strength to open up about my condition and that has made all the difference in the world to my overall health and well- being.
I know I would not be doing as well as I am without the love and support from family and friends like you.
So, whether you send a note of encouragement or make a donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation, thank you for taking action today and for your continued support – I hope you and your family stay healthy and safe.
Sending you out a big virtual hug- from 6 feet apart, of course! Take care!