Dearest Family and Friends,
As most of you know, our father, Stephen Hectus, passed away on February 4 after a long and valiant fight with Parkinson’s. In spite of the devastating effects of the disease, he maintained a grateful heart, strength of character and his sharp sense of humor. He was a truly remarkable and cherished son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, wingman and friend.
Most of you reading this are already affected in some way by Parkinson’s, Alzheimer's, Lewy body or other form of dementia or will be in the future. These diseases are merciless, all consuming, relentless and heart-wrenching. Over the course of 14 years, we watched our beloved father - a retired Navy Captain, basketball/pool wizard, master of tomfoolery and kindness, brilliant and brave champion of a human being - mentally and physically taken piece by piece by Parkinson's and dementia until his death in February. In his honor and for the millions suffering with Parkinson's or other progressive neurodegenerative disorder, their caregivers, family and friends - Steve's Steppers are back (virtually!) - for Parkinson's Moving Day 2020 on Saturday, November 14 and we would love you to join us.
The annual Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day walk raises funds and awareness toward deeper understanding of the disease, research for a cure and expanded resources to improve quality of care and life. Whether you donate, become a Steve's Stepper, start your own team, support the cause however you choose or simply reach out with love and compassion to anyone you see who's struggling, you are a necessary part of this movement for change and we are deeply grateful.
To donate or visit a team members personal page please select 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.
Much love and gratitude,
In the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease (PD) are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have PD.
More than 10 million people suffer with Parkinson's worldwide.