BENEFITING: MICHAEL J FOX FOUNDATION FOR PARKINSONS RESEARCH
When the countdown to my 30th birthday began, I decided I wanted to do something significant versus having a big birthday bash. On May 10, I announced my 30-30-30 plan to my friends and family through Facebook.
“As a celebration of being here on this earth for almost 30 years, I have decided to do 30 random acts of kindness within the next 30 days leading up to my 30th birthday. Hopefully it will become a habit to think more of others and less of myself. And who knows I may inspire one of you to take on a 30 day challenge.”
I have had fun coming up with a new act each day. A few of the acts that I have performed were placing quarters on the vending machine at work throughout the day, adopting a soldier, making a donation to Smile Train in honor of Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week, handing out 7/11 hot dogs to the homeless, providing dinner for a week to three families, making a donation to the American Cancer Society, bringing donuts to work for my team, helping a single father find summer camp options and the list goes on. The past few weeks have been absolutely amazing and gratifying. It feels great to be able to have a positive impact on others.
As I near the end of my 30 days, I thought “I need to have a finale!” Several ideas came to mind before I landed on the perfect (well at least in my mind) finale. I share my birthday with my late grandfather and wanted to include him in my celebration. Years before his passing, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Although he dealt with several of the effects from the disease, we are grateful that they were not as severe as some cases.
I reach out to you, friends and family, in helping me reach a goal of raising $1,500 for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research by June 10th. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.
Reaching this goal would be the best birthday gift! Even if you can’t contribute, please make a promise to help me continue spreading random acts of kindness and always paying it forward!