I hope you will join me in the 15th annual Sole Support for Parkinson’s. As you may know, this series of fundraising walks provides critical funding to Parkinson’s Resources (PRO) which serves more than 12,000 patients and families like mine in Oregon and SW Washington.
What you may not know:
1. PRO is growing by 100 new client households every MONTH. 2. Every 9 minutes another person is diagnosed in our country. 3. The cure I was told was just around the corner 22 years ago at my diagnosis, is still possibly around several more corners. 4. I am completing my 3rd year on the board of directors for PRO.
I still live a full and wonderful life, with the help of medication, exercise, determination, and support from a veritable team of family, friends, fellow parkinsonians, and professionals. PRO continues to be a consistent resource for me and many of my peers. In my role as a board member, my recent focus has been program development and outreach to our more rural areas.
One important lesson I’ve learned in my 22 years with this unwelcome guest is the value of community. Parkinson’s is a strange disease and talking with others on this journey is very helpful in handling its varied and unpredictable symptoms. The feeling of camaraderie and sense of solidarity among people with Parkinson’s is invaluable. In my role as a board member, my recent focus has been program development and outreach to our more rural areas. I hope that you will join me in helping to ensure that no one has to face this disease alone.
I invite you to join me for the October 5th Sole Support walk in Vancouver, WA* and in making a donation to PRO.