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Team Captain The Yellow Bus SOLE SUPPORT - PORTLAND

Support Me

This year, I am walking to honor Bill Smith and Greg South, 2 close Parkinson's friends that died from injuries due to falls. Balance issues are very common for those of us that have Parkinson's. I am thankful that I have not fallen "yet". Each year brings a progression of issues to deal with.

If the "Sole Support" walk does not happen or happens virtually, due to the corona virus rules (social distancing, large gatherings) I will get on my recumbent bike and ride 25 miles instead. 

I understand that this has been a difficult year for many of us, but the need for critical services provided by Parkinson's Resources of Oregon continue. I am asking for your tax deductible support of PRO. Please follow the directions on the SOLE SUPPORT page and please mention me with your contribution. Thank you so much. I really appreciate you.

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 16 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 30% of the financial underpinning necessary for Parkinson’s Resources 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.

Until there's a cure, PRO is the community.

Thank you!