My Ride to Kick Parkinson's to the Curb
I'm not going to lie and say I get up at 6am every morning to go to the gym so I can have a perfect body... I don't and I won't. I am not a morning person, unless I'm catching a flight, and I do enjoy sleeping in.
All joking aside, others are waking up early to go to the gym because they HAVE TO... they're fighting... they're fighting a battle against something cruel.
My Dad is one of those fighters, and has been since 2015 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. If you're not familiar with it, let's just say if you don't use your muscles, you lose them over time. And for this reason alone, my Dad is in the gym before many of us have finished our first cup of coffee. He is determined to fight the disease and its cruel progression.
Dad has always fought and dealt with various setbacks in the family and taken care of others... his father was crippled by one of the most ruthless forms of Parkinson's, Mom was hospitalized in 2009 for several months on and off battling cardiac issues, and oh, Dad had prostate cancer followed by colon re-sectioning followed by shoulder replacement/repair. He's tough. He's stubborn. He won't give up. Of course, now we know why my sister and I are both stubborn, too.
While there has been a lot of research and some good advances made towards beating and treating Parkinson's, there's a lot more work to be done. Researchers are getting closer every day, and thanks to clinical trials and ambitious doctors, progress is being made slowly. Medicines and some amazing doctors have helped slow the progression of the disease with my Dad.
Research and trials aren't free, and every penny of support for this Ride helps fund those activities. This isn't a matter of who can donate the most money - every single penny counts towards finding a cure and someday eliminating this disease from our world.
Along with hundreds of others around the country, I will be riding on June 11th to support the Parkinson's Revolution event to raise money for the Parkinson's Foundation.
Please consider sponsoring me and helping me and my family/team exceed our fundraising goal this year. Last year we were the leaders for Chicago - our team raising over $25,000 alone -- so naturally we are stubbornly driven to be in that top spot again this year.
Every penny counts. Whatever amount you can sponsor will go to a good cause and be appreciated equally. Thank you for reading our family's story and supporting this fight.
Note: for anyone else who is affected by Parkinson's directly or indirectly, please feel free to reach out if you want to connect with my Dad. He's always sharing his story, his experience, providing referrals and support to others.