In just a few days I will be participating in Sole Support, a fundraising walk to help Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon (PRO) increase awareness of this disease and raise the critical funds for excellent, local Parkinson’s services.
As you may or may not know, I have been battling Parkinson’s disease for the past two years. This is a devastating disease that I and approximately 25,000 others in our area will have for the rest of our lives. Parkinson’s Resources inspires and supports us in continually improving our quality of life. This nonprofit bridges the gap between medical care and holistic wellness, providing a community, resources, and inspiration to keep going.
What you may not know:
Every 9 minutes someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the U.S.
PRO is growing by 100 new client households every MONTH.
PRO’s ability to offer services without requiring payment is a determining factor in program participation for 60% of clients (2018 client survey).
Next year PRO will celebrate 40 years of supporting our community with local, specialized programs. The staggering statistics I shared above are not a fluke or seasonal trend. PRO is a local nonprofit serving 13,000 patients like me with education, resources, personal support, wellness and speech classes and community in Oregon and SW Washington. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to that all families living with this disease have access to these services and community. There are countless challenges on the national landscape in regards to this disease, making it even more important that we focus locally.
I believe in this organization and what it offers our community so much that I’m dedicated to the success of this fundraising event. PRO has increased the number of clients served by 55% in the past four years. In order to provide this critical programming without requiring payment of clients they rely on initiatives and events like Sole Support for revenue. That’s where you come in!
I’d like to personally invite you to join me in the fight against Parkinson’s by getting involved in Sole Support. I will be walking in this fun event on September 22nd at Alton Baker Park. It is my hope you will support this cause with a donation by clicking the "support me" button at the top of this page.
Everyone is welcome to join us! For more information, please go to www.solesupport.org or call PRO at 800.426.6806.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support. We hope to see you there!