This will be my third 5Kwalk with the Parkinson’s community and I’m excited. My first experience was in 2015 at the Medford walk where I met so many great people. In 2016 the closest Sole Support event was in Eugene. I decided to support a Eugene walker, and I appreciated Kathie Hill’s story and became one of her supporters. But for several years since my diagnosis I’d seen the excellent work of PRO and decided that I wanted to walk with all those courageous people and raise funds so that PRO could continue providing services, educational opportunities, and emotional support to people with Parkinson’s.
The funny thing was that although I’d left plenty of time to drive from Ashland to Eugene, I had a terrible time finding Alton Baker Park! I met lots of nice people who gave me directions, but I often was in the wrong freeway lane and so saw the Park but couldn’t seem to get there! By the time I drove into the parking lot the walkers had gone home, but some beautiful PRO staff members were still there to greet me and I walked the 5K by myself in a meditative stroll through a gorgeous landscape.
On the wall of the gym I attend in Ashland are the words “Showing Up is No Small Thing.” On September 22 I want to show up again for all my friends with Parkinson’s. I’ve been very fortunate as tremor was my primary symptom, and Deep Brain surgery at OHSU in 2017 was successful and my major tremor is gone. Since my diagnosis I’ve been in four plays, always portraying someone who could conceivably have Parkinson’s including Daisy in “Driving Miss Daisy.” All of those four characters shook! Last May I was able to be in “The Gin Game,” and thanks to the surgery I don’t need any medication and was able to hold onto the playing cards without flinging them around! Yes, I’m a fortunate person. Fortunate in terms of the disease, and more importantly fortunate in friends and family.
If you can contribute something know the funds raised are used well. And if you can’t, hold good thoughts for those walking together on September 22nd for a cause we believe in.
Thank you for helping me reach my Sole Support fundraising goal! Sole Support raises funds that directly support local services for individuals and families living with Parkinson’s disease. This year we celebrate 15 years of this inspiring event which unites around celebrating our community.
Sole Support raises awareness for this disease and the urgency to fund the programs serving 13,000 households in Oregon and SW Washington. This event provides nearly 25% of the financial underpinning necessary for Parkinson’s Resources needs to provide education, support, and wellness classes for our loved ones.
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder in America, where more than 1,000,000 people live with a diagnosis. Every 9 minutes another is diagnosed. Currently there is no known cause nor cure and both symptoms and disease progression are different for every patient. The past few years have shown promising research and great advancements in care. However, there is no end to this disease on our immediate horizon.With so little known, this disease can be scary and isolating for so many.
That’s why I’m stepping out on Parkinson’s. I am committed to changing the landscape - bringing help and hope to those living with the disease. I am committed to ensuring no one has to face this disease alone.
Please consider walking with me or making a donation towards my efforts (or BOTH!). $15, $25, $50, or $500, whatever you are able to do! I've seen how PRO directs their funds to valuable services and encourage you to be as generous as you are able. It is not often we come across the chance to make a large difference in our own backyard – helping our friends and neighbors live well with Parkinson’s.