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In honor of my awesome husband, I am participating in Moving Day Chicago, benefiting the Parkinson's Foundation Chicago, on Sunday, October 24, 2021.
Todd was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's disease about eight years ago. Currently, he is feeling pretty good and doing well. He stretches multiple times a day, and exercises several times a week. There is no way to stop the symptoms of PD, but exercising regularly can delay many symptoms.
Todd works hard and makes me proud! He is an excellent role model for our children Griffin, Annika, and Corrine. Griffin just turned six and is very active. Annika keeps us on our toes! She is a active and chatty four year old with very strong opinions. Little Corrine is wonderful… and exhausting. She always wants to be where the action is and she loves climbing.
Todd is nervous about how Parkinson’s Disease will impact his ability to care for our children, especially since PD affects his right arm and hand. It is pretty amazing to see what an awesome dad Todd has become. I’m not going to lie, things have been pretty nutty with our family the past three years: both wonderful (arrival of Corrine, new house, new job for Todd) and terrible (death of my mom, raising three small children during a pandemic, adjusting to me starting a new job after a year of being a SAHM). Despite the lack of sleep, endless piles of laundry and work to be done, and the consistency of a child (or two or three) who want to be held or played with or fed, Todd still makes time to stretch and exercise while working many, many hours. We are so thankful he takes care of himself while taking care of all of us!
This year the walk is on Sunday, October 24th, starting at 10:00. Our family decided to walk around our neighborhood with family and friends rather than joining the large walk at Solder’s Field. You should totally join us at our home in Arlington Heights! Or, please take a walk around your neighborhood in honor of Todd and all PD patients. Todd, Griffin, Annika, Corrine, and I all benefit from the work of the Parkinson Foundation.
We really appreciate any support, especially by walking with us, making a donation, and keeping us and all PD patients in your prayers.
Love, Lori Ann