Earlier this week, Denise shared her design process for our team logo for the National Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day Event. Today, I’d like to share with you our family’s experience of this years Moving Day and the walk itself. Moving Day is the National Parkinson’s Foundation annual fundraising walk/run event to help fight against Parkinson’s disease. My father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a little over a year ago and has been actively fighting against the disease ever since.
That’s my dad in the plaid shirt in the center of our group picture. This year our entire family was able to participate in this event. We all wore the t-shirts Denise designed, although you can’t see most of them since mother nature didn’t exactly cooperate with us. It was about 56 degrees and raining most of the time, but we had a lot of fun despite the lack of nice weather.
When I say all of my family was able to participate I really mean it! Even though two of my sister’s live out of town, they both joined us remotely.
Denise lives in Chicago and together with her boyfriend, Rob and his mother, Faye they walked at the Little Red School House Nature Center. Faye was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 15 years ago. At 81, she’s unstoppable! She raised over $200 for the team and was determined to walk a mile for the Parkinson Foundation. She surpassed her goal and walked two miles! She works out daily on her rowing machine and is proof that movement is key in the treatment of Parkinson’s.
My sister Michelle lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and together with her two little guys they walked in their neighborhood. As you can see, both my sisters had better weather than we did!
In addition to the walk/run event, there were vendors on hand to talk about the latest research and treatment options available for Parkinson’s disease as well as activity demonstrations. Movement is an important part of managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s. There were tai chi demonstrations…
Drumming demonstrations and group activities…
And hula hooping! That’s the youngest of our family members practicing his hula hooping.
Our family had a lot of fun at this event and best of all we raised over $600 toward the fight against Parkinson’s Disease!