This will be the 5th year Paul & I will be participating in the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day Tampa Bay. Moving Day is an inspiring and empowering annual fundraising walk event that unites people around the country living with Parkinson’s disease (PD), their care partners and loved ones to help beat PD. Moving Day is more than just a walk. It’s a celebration of movement – proven to help manage Parkinson’s symptoms. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020 at USF.
Most people think of Parkinson’s as involuntary shaking that primarily strikes the elderly. But sadly PD can strike at a much earlier age and tremor (or shaking) is only one of its horrible effects. Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive, incurable neurological disorder. There is promising research to help slow the progression of this neurodegenerative disease but, currently, all therapies used for PD improve symptoms but do not slow or halt the disease progression. Exercise continues to be one of the leading ways to help slow the progression.
Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease a little over 4 years ago. And he has certainly felt the impact of slowness, stiffness and tremor on his daily life. But he also lives with so many other effects of PD such as loss of smell, difficulty swallowing, drooling, soft voice, loss of facial expression, sleep issues and I could go on. In spite of all this, Paul has an amazing attitude and remains determined not to let Parkinson’s define his life. Paul knows that movement and physical exercise are the best weapons to fight the progression of PD. Monday through Friday; he starts his day with a 3 mile walk/run at 4:00AM. Then at 6:00AM, Paul and I head out on an 11 mile bike ride followed by balance yoga and other PD exercises. Then he is on to 30 minutes of stretching and weights. So by 8:00AM, the day’s workout is in the books. On the weekend, we head out the door at daylight for an 11-25 mile bike ride. Paul continues to be my inspiration and my perspiration. We both need to keep moving to face this horrible disease.
Most experts indicate that PD is the most complex disease that our healthcare system faces. Every person diagnosed with PD is different. No 2 patients are affected in the same way. In the next 10 years, it is projected there will be over 9 million people diagnosed with this disease. The Parkinson’s Foundation is working towards a better life for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure.
Again this year, I will captain Paul’s Peloton to meet this year’s fundraising goal of $10,000. Paul has committed to match my total donations dollar for dollar up to $5,000. I would appreciate your donation to Paul’s Peloton and the fight against Parkinson’s Disease. Thank you in advance for your generosity. And PLEASE GET MOVING, YOUR HEALTH DEPENDS ON IT!
Thank you for your consideration in helping Paul & I achieve our goal to beat Parkinson’s. And remember, KEEP ON MOVING!
Paul & Cheryl