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Thanks for checking out this page and for considering being a part of the 2020 PF "Moving Day" walk. Yes, it has been quite awhile since our team participated in this event. My family has been more than willing to participate and our Team Captain, Sarah, has consistently offered to organize our team the past few years. I was the problem. I was hesitant to ask friends and family to, once again, give up valuable weekend time and limited energy to demonstrate their love and support of me.
But now it's 2020, a year we will all remember...and I have a different perspective on such things as the "Moving Day" walk.
It's been a challenging year of change in how we do daily life. I think we are all worn out, to some degree and struggling in various ways and to varying degrees. Plus, we all know folks who have truly suffered in recent months...whether it be physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, financially...and whether it be the direct result of COVID, the shut down, the violence in city streets or the expressions of hatred that have taken the place of what we used to call discussions of different views. It's all very fatiguing, and it all eats up our time, our energy and takes away our peace of heart.
As I think about the effects of 2020's events, I am struck by how backwards my previous perspective was. Before experiencing "Social Distancing" with my children, grandchildren, siblings and dear friends I was focused on not inconveniencing others...not using up their time and energy on a weekend day. Now I'm more aware that negative events (such as those experienced this year) are what really robs us of our time, energy and peace. A gathering of family and friends for a side-by-side (not socially distanced) walk together now sounds like a dream and a source of energy and encouragement to everyone involved...an opportunity that I definitely took for granted before this year. Add on the option of handshakes and hugs...now that sounds like really good times!!
So you already know how I answered Sarah's question this year..."Are we going to do the Parkinson's walk in October, Mom?"
It took me awhile, but I am now refocused and grateful for the opportunity to participate in this event. Though we will not be walking in the same locale, please know that your gesture of love and your offer of support is powerful. I can feel it across the miles.
Thank you for considering walking with me, wherever you are, on October 24. I greatly appreciate your participation and any financial support you are able to give to the work of the Parkinson's Foundation. It's a good organization.
Why Move for Moving Day?
Did you know that someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every 9 minutes in the United States? No one should have to face Parkinson’s alone. That is why the Parkinson's Foundation provides a community of support to give people the resources and help they need to live well with Parkinson’s.