When I was a young teen, my Dad sat us down at the kitchen nook and told us he was diagnosed. None of us knew how life changing this diagnoses would be. From that point on, it was an everyday mission to support him while he lived despite Parkinsons Disease. Parkinsons Society of BC has been a supportive part of our family's journey, mainly my Dads. He was a part of the executive, and an active part of sharing his own experiences and information to help them. I feel the society has a lot of work they can do to help people like my Dad and I hope my donation helps them do so.
My Dad, Pat Gallaher, lived with Parkinson's Disease for over 15 years. Over the years, the Parkinson's Society of BC supported him, and since his passing in 2015, they continue to support our family. They even named the 2KM loop the 'Pat Gallaher Loop' because as a very active member of the Society, while living with the disease, he touched a lot of people's hearts, and walked that loop every single year. He continues to do so with all the memories he left us with.
All contributions, no matter how big or how small, are critical to 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. Imagine spending an hour to put your socks on. Or not eating your dinner because you might throw it all over yourself or your wives carpet. Living with Parkinson’s can be incredibly challenging for the individual as well as 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 the memory of my Dad, and my family and I in supporting those still living with this unfortunate disease.
With love, Breelana and The Gallaher Family
"My glass is so much more than half full; its overflowing." - Pat Gallaher, my Dad