Paul's Peloton Needs Your Support
Paul and I are participating for our 6th year in the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day Tampa Bay. Moving Day is an inspiring and empowering annual fundraising walk event that unites people around the country living with Parkinson’s disease (PD), their care partners and loved ones to help beat PD. Moving Day is more than just a walk. It’s a celebration of movement – proven to help manage Parkinson’s symptoms. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Al Lopez Park in Tampa.
2020 has been a challenging year. Like many, Paul and I felt our lives were on pause. Family gatherings cancelled; new adventures cancelled; dinner in restaurants or with friends cancelled; the list goes on and on. But I can tell you for certain, Parkinson’s Disease did not hit the pause button. Paul was officially diagnosed in December 2015 and is 5 years into the disease. Every day, he feels the effects of slowness, stiffness and tremor and lives with so many other effects of PD such as loss of smell, difficulty swallowing, drooling, soft voice, loss of facial expression, sleep issues and I could go on. None of these things paused in 2020. They now have a greater impact on Paul’s life and they will only continue to progress as there is still no treatment that will halt or slow this horrible disease. Exercise continues to be one of the leading ways to help slow the progression. But there is promising research that gives us hope. And yes, HOPE and EXERCISE is our strategy when it comes to dealing with this progressive, incurable neurological disorder.
Well, enough of the doom and gloom, there were a few good things in 2020. But the absolute best thing that happened in 2020 is we got married! After 34 years, 8 months and 22 years (but who’s counting), we officially said “I DO.”
Paul‘s attitude towards living with PD continues to be inspirational. He remains determined not to let Parkinson’s define his life. Paul knows that movement and physical exercise are the best weapons to fight the progression. Paul is out the door at 3:30AM for a 3 mile walk/run. Then at 6:00AM, Paul and I head out on a 12 mile bike ride followed by balance yoga and other PD exercises. And that’s the Monday through Friday regiment. On the weekend, we are out the door at daylight for a 12-25 mile bike ride. We pumped those bike peddles over 400 miles a month in 2020. Paul continues to be my inspiration and my perspiration. We both need to keep moving to face this horrible disease.
Again this year, I will captain Paul’s Peloton with a fundraising goal of $10,000. Paul has committed to match my total donations dollar for dollar up to $5,000. I would appreciate your donation to Paul’s Peloton and the fight against Parkinson’s Disease. The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. Thank you in advance for your generosity. And PLEASE GET MOVING, YOUR HEALTH DEPENDS ON IT!
Thank you for your consideration in helping Paul & I achieve our goal to beat Parkinson’s. Please check out our team page and my personal page by clicking on the link below. Just click on the DONATE button next to my name, Cheryl Avery. And remember, KEEP ON MOVING!