As some of you already know, my mom Rita was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Although her diagnosis was recent, she had symptoms for many years that are not usually considered “Parkinson’s” until tremors appear. Because there are no blood or laboratory tests for Parkinson’s, diagnoses usually don’t happen until later, when tremors are more apparent.
One thing that I want my mom to know is that she is not alone in her journey. Nadine and I invite you to join us on September 9 for the Parkinson’s SuperWalk at Riverside Park in Kamloops. Since this is our inaugural walk, we would be thrilled for as many friends and family as possible to walk with us. The SuperWalk is Parkinson Society British Columbia's largest fundraising event, and money raised will go towards its programs and services, and to expand advocacy efforts.
If you know my Rita, you will know that when her mom (my Gramma) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Rita fundraised tirelessly for Alzheimer’s research by knitting dishcloths, and asking everyone she knows for “just a loonie or a toonie”, to raise funds. Although my Gramma passed away years ago, this is still a tradition she continues to this day, and it has become a big event for family and friends, and we just participated in our 13th Alzheimer’s walk in May. Now, it is our time to reciprocate the efforts she has so selflessly made.
If you are unable to join us - consider donating to bring awareness and research funds to the BC Parkinson’s Society.