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A Big Thank You!
I owe everyone a big thank you! Because of your donations I have reached my fundraising goal of $1,000!!! I cannot tell you how much it means to me that you are willing to support me in this endeavor. To those who wrote of words of encouragement, you almost brought me to tears. Truly, I feel blest to have such wonderful friends. So a big Thank you to all of you for your help.
While I only have 5 more days, I have decided to raise my goal to $1,500, just $500 more. So for those who have already given, keep me in your prayers. And for those who have not given, it’s not too late. Just click on the green Donate button to contribute to the Walk to Stamp Out Parkinson’s Disease.
A decade. Depending on your perspective it is either a long time or not so long. If you are a Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva), your age is measured by ring count. The Bristlecone pine is said to be 5,067 years old. This is the oldest known tree in North America, and the oldest known living individual non-clonal tree in the world. If are a goat or a rabbit, ten years is a ripe old age. What has living with Parkinson's for ten years been like? Well, it's been no picnic; but it hasn't been doom or gloom, at least for me. I'm still fighting to have as normal a life as I can. I'm still working and will be as long as I can get on the train. I resist doctor's recommendations to put in safety bars in the shower or to use a cane. Our ballroom coach still gives us lessons in our basement where Rob built us a dance floor. We regularly go bicycling for 10 miles or so. Last October, we spent two weeks hiking all over beautiful Machu Pichu and Galapagos Islands. I want to look as normal as possible.
That's not always possible. In the evening when I go home, I'm tired and more susceptible to the Parkinson's symptoms. My legs freeze up. I walk at a snail's pace. I stumble and fall. I remember one night I was having a more difficult time than usual. I was trying to get on the train, just 5 steps away, before it pulled out. A woman watched me for a moment and offered to help. I took her arm and managed to get into the vestibule of the train before it started moving. I tried to move to the bench just inside the door. With the usual rocking motions of the train, this seemingly simple task becomes more difficult. When I was close enough to the bench, I simply dropped into the seat. I had to use the arm rests to pull myself upright. The woman across from me, looked at me with disgust, gathered her purse, and went to sit somewhere else. Most likely, she thought I was drunk, as Parkinson's symptoms can make you look like that.
If you received my recent email, you know that Rob and I will be participating in 2017 Walk to Stamp Out Parkinson’s at the Philadelphia Zoo! The Walk helps to raise awareness and critical funds to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s disease through research, education, and outreach.
Please make a donation.
- You can give online at my personal donation page. You'll receive an electronic receipt and be able to see how your donation is contributing to my fundraising goal.
- Or, you can mail your donation using the following address. Make checks payable to The Parkinson's Council (put my name in the area marked "For" or "Memo").
The Parkinson Council
111 Presidential Boulevard, Suite 141
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Thank you for your support in finding a cure for Parkinson's disease.
P.S. For more infomation on the Pinus longaeva, paste https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_longaeva in your browser.
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