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My father was a hard-working dentist, Dr Donald Weiss, who retired early because of his Parkinson’s. He was tenacious and stubborn when he approached a task-his resting tremor would become steady and strong. Along with his increasing tremor, my dad’s speech was affected.
When I did not understand what he was saying I would ask “what” about 3 times. If I was still unsure of what he said, I refused to blow it off and make believe I understood. Out of respect and love I would ask my dad to spell the word and then I knew his message. It made us feel so connected. We could even chuckle about it.
I remember singing together despite his inability to speak clearly. My dad had a dream of playing golf 4 days a week in retirement. When that was no longer possible, I started playing so he could live vicariously through me. I would have done anything for my dad.
I am so impressed by the Parkinson Centers providing education, support and outreach as well as the medical professionals (doctors, nurses and therapists) to assist patients and their families live their best quality of life together. These resources were not available at the time my dad was alive. I know he would have benefited and thrived with all the therapies, medications, studies, & research at Parkinson Centers today.
I am participating in Moving Day Phoenix - Virtual Walk, benefiting the Parkinson's Foundation.
The event will be a fun-filled, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities. We will be able to enjoy a variety of movement activities like yoga, dance, Pilates, Tai Chi, boxing, stretching and much more and celebrate the importance of movement in our lives.
Please consider being a part of my team or sponsoring me, and I encourage you to get your friends, family and coworkers involved.
Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the Parkinson's Foundation.
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.
Support our mission to help every person diagnosed with Parkinson's live their best possible life now. Your gift will help us fund better research, better treatment and better lives.