Help me run for a great cause! In support of Parkinson's disease
On March 4th 2018 I will be running the Rock N Roll 1/2 marathon in New Orleans while fundraising for the Parkinson's Foundation with a goal of raising 1,000 dollars. Parkinson's affects approximately one million people in the US and around 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. The average age of someone diagnosed with Parkinson's is 56. Parkinson's is a expensive disease to treat with the average patient needing around $2,500 medication each year and therapeutic surgery that can cost up to $100,000. Unfortunately at this time there is no cure for Parkinson's but there are medications and procedures that can help alleviate the symptoms. There are many different ways in which the disease can present itself, it can cause tremors,rigidity,lack of movement, slowness of movement, balance issues, sleep problems, slurred speech, depression, and mood problems.
Parkinson's has presented itself into my life in a number of different ways. Working in the field of nursing Parkinson's is prevalent. My first nursing job was on a neuro floor where we often took care of patients having complications from their Parkinson's whether it be from a injury related to a fall or medication complication issues. My dad's mom, my grandmother, passed away from complications resulting from Parkinson's dementia.From her diagnosis to her passing she went downhill very quickly. It was the first real time I witnessed how debilitating of a disease it can be. My mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's 1 year ago after many years of testing. The disease has affected her life in many ways. As hard as it is to watch her battling with this , she is continuously trying to keep the same quality of life she had before. It is her determination to not let this disease get the best of her that has made me decide to help in the fight to find a cure by raising 1,000 dollars for the Parkinson's Foundation while running the Rock N Roll Half Marathon.
Any donations to help support this cause are welcome and greatly appreciated.