John Gold's Friends
Before I start, I want to say that my dad, John Gold, is the most incredible, gracious and genuine man I have ever known. I have been lucky to grow up watching him make people from all walks of life smile and feel appreciated, and I have always admired his approach to the world and ability to connect with people. He is a really special guy, and I know that all of his friends love and appreciate him for the joy he brings to the world.
In the spring of 2020, my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and I was beyond sad and terrified. I knew nothing about Parkinson's, but the only thing I could think of was Michael J. Fox and the tremors. In my dad's case, his speech and ease of movement have been affected, but no tremors; thankfully, we caught it early, but the worst part about this disease is the symptoms never actually improve, they only get worse.
On a nationwide level, in the United States alone there are 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease (PD) diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have PD. In addition to those who have Parkinson's, many more millions of family members, friends and loved ones of the patient's are scared, know very little about it, and often times don't know where to go to meet other people who are in similar positions - that is where the National Parkinson's Foundation comes in. The foundation's primary focus is on providing the best treatment and care possible to slow the effects of the disease, but also equally as important is to create a better, more accessible support network for families and friends (and patients). To do that, the foundation regularly convenes the best minds in science and health to advance research initiatives and gather data/facilitate collaboration with all the Centers for Excellence selected throughout the United States (For more info, visit www.parkinson.org/expert-care/centers-of-excellence).
Today, I am inviting you to join my team to participate in the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day walk held in Georgia on October 16th, 2021. Our team name is John Gold's Friends, and I want to show him how much he means to each of us. Of course, I am asking for a donation to the fund, but if you could include something you love or have experienced about my dad, I want to share it with him after the event (short video encouraged, but written notes are welcomed too). This is the first nationwide grassroots campaign that spotlights the disease on a national level and gives the chance to raise awareness and funds to support everything this foundation does. Your support will help us continue improving the quality of care for those living with Parkinson’s disease, and ultimately find a cure to make sure no other person or family member has to deal with it ever again.
I am really grateful for the chance to connect with all of you and I appreciate any support you are able to provide.
– To donate from the ‘Team Roster’ list at the bottom of the page.
Thank you for supporting us and the vital work of the Parkinson’s Foundation.