I’ve been personally touched by the challenges of Parkinson’s disease.
I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in July 2008. That was more than 15 years ago! I have been fortunate for most of those years and have managed my symptoms well keeping up with exercise and medication, as well as educating myself about living with Parkinson’s!
4 years ago my Movement Disorder Specialist said that he could no longer keep my symptoms at bay as we had done up to then. So he recommended Deep Brain Stimulation to me, and referred me to the only surgeon to do this in BC. Since then my symptoms slowly deteriorated but the last 10 months have been very challlenging, with new and more severe symptoms, and I am still on that waiting list! But I am hopeful that DBS will happen within the next year and that that will help relieve some of my symptoms.
This is all to say that fund raising is crucial to provide people like me with care, education, exercise programs and support for people with Parkinson’s and the people who care for them, like my husband, Mark, and my children. All contributions, no matter how big or how small, are critical to all those affected by Parkinson's. I hope you’ll support my walk this year and help me reach my fundraising goal?
Parkinson's disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's and can manifest itself in a range of both motor and non-motor symptoms. Living with Parkinson's can be incredibly challenging for the individual as well as for their family, friends, and carepartners. Currently, there is no cure.
Your donation will help Parkinson Society British Columbia continue to provide valuable programs, services, advocacy efforts, and research contributions.
Every dollar is one step closer to improving the lives of those in need.
Please support me. Thank you!