Moving Day® Atlanta
Ben & Melina - 2011 Wilkins Parkinson's Foundation Young Onset Awareness Campaign
Ben & Melina - 2011 Wilkins Parkinson's Foundation Young Onset Awareness Campaign

PD Takes Faith

I am participating in the Moving Day Atlanta Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation on November 1st 2014, in honor of my husband Ben who was diagnosed with this debilitating disease just after his 28th birthday. That was 9 years ago and to say that life has been challenging is an understatement.  But with faith and love from friends and family we are doing our best to keep on moving.  

A PD diagnosis comes with panic, and rightly so. 


Per the most recent CDC reports from 2010 Parkinson’s was the underlying cause of death for 22,032 Americans and 472 of these people were Georgians. Parkinson’s is the 14th leading cause of death in the U.S. Pd takes the life of 60 people in the U.S. every day. 


Parkinson’s disease itself has no treatment, no known cause and no known cure. People with PD currently have treatment options for symptoms only through; medications, exercise, and some people with PD will qualify as candidates for surgery to aid in symptom relief. 


Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Parkinson’s Takes

Your FAITH that you have PD for a reason greater than you can see right now. 


Your FAITH that God’s providence is calling you to serve a greater purpose will block the punches that PD throws at you. 


That extra kick that Parkinson’s delivers while you are already down hurts a lot less with FAITH that God won’t send you anything that he hasn’t prepared you to handle. 


As you learn about all the different paths that you can take with the different medications, physical therapy, voice therapy, emotional counsel, exercise, you’ll realize the value of your FAITH becomes even more critical after the non-motor, autonomic functions and cognitive, even mood issues begin to present themselves and complicate everything even more. 


Your FAITH is the only way for you to find the true blessings that come with a PD diagnosis, the community of great people, a different perspective on so many of life’s events and an abundance of opportunities to help so many others.

The event will take place at Centennial Olympic Park (downtown Atlanta - near CNN, Coke, Acquarium) and will be a fun-filled, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities. 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.


Please consider being a part of my team or sponsoring me, and I encourage you to get your friends, family and coworkers involved.  


Please share our team page with your friends by clicking the Facebook link below and/or emailing the link to this page

Also please share the video below from Moving Day Atlanta 2013 to help increase awareness of Parkinson's in addition to this event. THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!


Why Get Involved
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) continues to bring help and hope to the estimated one million people in the United States, four to six million worldwide, who are living with Parkinson’s disease. NPF is the only organization with a singular focus on improving the quality of care in Parkinson’s disease. NPF programs reach more than one million people a year through its network of 39 chapters, 43 Centers of Excellence and 900 support groups. Since 1982, NPF 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 National Parkinson Foundation.


 - To join the team please click on "Join Team" top-right of this page.


- To donate to an individual walker click on their name.

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