Welcome to Ken Kolaski's Personal Page
On March 11, 2008, at the age of 49, almost 10 years ago, I was definitively diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease. The disease drastically altered both my personal and professional lives.
In March 2014, the slow but relentless progression of Parkinson’s, in combination with other serious medical problems, forced me to leave the practice of law. Now, when I am not traveling to some place on my “bucket list”, I devote a significant amount of time to increasing awareness and to educating people about Parkinson’s, a neurodegenerative movement disorder, and how it affects those with the disease. I also help raise money to fund research for a cure in my lifetime. I am particularly proud of the fact that I serve as a mentor and life coach to others with a more recent Parkinson's diagnosis date.
To stave off the advance of the disease, I move and exercise as recommended by my Movement Disorder Specialist. I try to keep a positive attitude and maintain a sense of humor. Strangely, having Parkinson's has made me a better person as I have learned to not sweat the small stuff and to focus on the most important things in Life. Every day that I have a chance to love and to be loved is a great day!
Coincidently, my Dad, who passsed on November 16, 2015, also had Parkinson's disease. See http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?pid=176614738. I dedicate my particpation in the Walk to my Dad, who suffered too long, and to my Mom, who was my Dad's devoted and selfless caregiver.
When I was diagnosed, I told my three daughters (now 27, 25 and 18) that I would dance with them at their weddings, play with my grandchildren, and that “Life is good.” Well, with great joy I fulfilled my promise to my eldest, Allie, when she married Joe Nagle on June 3, 2017! See photo. One down, two to go.
Please consider being a part of my team or sponsoring me and don’t forget to invite your friends, family and coworkers to be part of this inspiring day!
Why Get Involved
This is very personal annd means a lot to me. I need your emotional and financial support. Walk with me to Stamp Out Parkinson's!
The Parkinson Council is the premier local organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s, their care partners, and families. The Council invests in research, education and programs provided by world-renowned institutions and innovative service organizations in the greater Delaware Valley area and strengthens their role in the Parkinson’s community by increasing the number of lives they touch each year.
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