BENEFITING: Parkinson's Foundation INC
ORGANIZER: Parkinson's Foundation INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
Sooooo, I usually raise money for Make A Wish foundation and Heart foundations due to my 17 year old having HLHS, however, I decided literally to run after a dream, my first marathon ever, the NYC Marathon, running in honor of my late father-in-law, Norman Moore. My husband sorely misses him and my heart aches seeing this and knowing that Norman has never met his grandson Nigel due to Parkinson's disease and his passing. Watching Norman deteriate over the years and watching the pain and angst of my mother-in-law taking care of him hurt me then, and still hurts me now. I miss him and wish he was still with us to enjoy his grandkids, his son and daughter and his family.
There has to be a way to help people with Parkinson's and through running this marathon and raising money and awareness, I am hoping to keep Norman's memory alive while helping our friends whose father is also suffering with Parkinson's right now.
NYC is very special to me. My mom and dad lived there and I was born there. When I moved to central Jersey at an early age, my father still worked at Coney Island, then Rockaway Beach, and finally Orchard Beach in the Bronx. I commuted to work with my father from the time I was in my mom's belly until I was about 16 years old. Each and every day, traveling the Belt Parkway, the Verrazzano Bridge (always asking to go under instead of over), and the George Washington Bridge. On some special nights, dad would take us to China Town to eat with lifeguard friends, Johnny's Reef in City Island, the old Shea Stadium to catch Darryl Strawberry and Rafael Santana play by sliding the ushers a $20 so we could get down to good box seats.
Running this marathon, not only honors my father-in-law, but honors my life growing up as a family with my mom and dad, it honors my mother's and father's roots, my grandma who lived in Reego Park Queens, my dear friends and people I don't know who have suffered the events of 9/11. Most of all, I have my first chance to run 26.2 miles, a feat that I never thought I could accomplish and hopefully one that I will in honor of everyone and everything that means so much to me in my life.
We have to find cures and ways to make people with Parkinson's live longer and more comfortably. I pledged to raise a lot of money in a short time because it would make me feel a little at peace in a situation that was so hard for our family to deal with and one that we had little control over. In the hustle and bustle of life, life moves on. My family is well aware of disease, having all of our nearest and dearest affected by heart disease, cancer, MS, and Parkinson's. I try to fundraise and support each group. I want Mr. Moore to know he is not forgotten.
Please help support the cause and keep Norman's memory alive while also keeping Mr. Selm and all other families affected by this disease in your thoughts and prayers.
NATIONAL PARKINSON FOUNDATION wrote -
Parkinson's doesn't wait, so why should we? Every 9 minutes someone is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. When you run with Team Hope in the TCS New York City Marathon, you will be running the largest and one of the most memorable races in the country and achieving a personal goal. But for the 1 million Americans living with Parkinson's, it means so much more.