The Dust has settled...
November 10, 2017
BENEFITING: Parkinson's Foundation INC
ORGANIZER: Parkinson's Foundation INC
Life takes unpredictable twists and turns. The true test of toughness and resilience is best measured during the most challenging times. Ten years ago, my role model was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, a chronic and progressive movement disorder affecting more than 10 million people worldwide. Always worrying about others, my father kept his condition from me and my siblings likely to avoid causing us stress or concern. My father thrives on helping others, controlling his own destiny. Unfortunately, this disease is not so accommodating. Just like his previous health battles with cancer (including a stem cell transplant), my father confronted Parkinson’s with speech therapy, water aerobics, plenty of rehab and a cocktail of specialized medications. Despite having his moments, he is determined to make life as normal as possible. Except now, he worries about “freezing”, where he loses control of his legs, not allowing him to get up from the dinner table or movie chair. Routine activities like showering or shaving are no longer simple actions, but rather stressful ones both physically and mentally. Just over 20 years, I ran the NYC marathon and asked Amy to marry me at mile 16. She thankfully accepted which fueled me through the remaining 10 long miles until I fell into her lovingly open arms at the finish line (Yes, I did collapse). When the opportunity to run the NYC Marathon for the Parkinson’s Foundation was presented to me, I felt compelled to accept the invitation. I just celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary. Now I could honor my father and the determination he shows on a daily basis. I will truly need all the inspiration available as my body has morphed a bit over the last 20 years. When my legs inevitably feel like sand bags at mile 18, I will draw motivation from my father and his determination to fight. Please help me support the Parkinson's Foundation with any level of contribution. My goal is to raise $20,000 over the next few weeks until race day Nov 5th!