Parkinson's disease is the second-most common neuro-degenerative disease after Alzheimer's and can manifest itself in a range of both motor and non-motor symptoms. Parkinson’s is a progressive disease and at this point in time, there is no cure - at best - the symptoms are managed so that people with Parkinson’s can try to live as normal life as possible.
I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2015. This was a very scary time for me and my family and the Parkinson Society of BC (PSBC) was there to support us so that we did not feel like we were facing this disease alone. Over the past 6 years, living with Parkinson's has been incredibly challenging, there has been good days and bad days. What has helped me the most to stay positive, with hope in my heart, and passion to live life to the fullest, has been the support and connection to community that the Parkinson Society of BC has provided for me.
As I reflect on this past year, COVID-19 has been a very challenging experience for all of us. Many people around the world have experienced isolation and loneliness during this pandemic and for people with Parkinson’s, loneliness can be the recipe for disaster. PSBC has risen to the challenge throughout this COVID period to keep their members connected to community by re-designing all of their programs and services to be delivered in a virtual format. Members were able to access all of the programs and services that PSBC had traditionally offered in-person, for example: support groups for people with Parkinson's and their caregivers; weekly educational webinars; weekly exercise and activity programs; and, conferences and symposiums.
For me, the COVID-19 period has been a very difficult time – my husband and I had moved to a new community where I did not know anyone and my disease progressed faster than expected, which negatively impacted on the quality of my life. Again, the Parkinson Society of BC was there to support me by providing counselling services and programs that helped me to accept and manage my new challenges and continue to stay positive.
It is now my turn to support the Parkinson Society of BC which is a not-for-profit organization supported entirely by donations from individuals, members, corporations and foundations.
SuperWalk is the largest fundraiser for the Parkinson Society of BC and will be held virtually on the weekend of September 11 & 12. The funds raised for SuperWalk will help the Parkinson Society of British Columbia continue to provide valuable programs, services, advocacy efforts and research contributions to those people in need.
All donations, no matter how big or how small, are critical to support those affected by Parkinson's. Your donation of $20 or more is tax deductible and you will receive a tax receipt from the Parkinson Society of British Columbia.
My Personal Donation Page is also linked to the Good Vibrations Team – all of my donations will give credit to this team as well. Shortly after my move to Oliver, I was connected to this group of women based out of Kelowna by a member of PSBC. At my first Zoom meeting with this group, I was warmly welcomed - it was very comforting to be connected to a compassionate and positive network of women who understand the ups and downs of living with Parkinson's.
I hope you’ll support my walk this year and help me reach my fundraising goal. Perhaps your dollar will be the one that contributes to finding the cure…..
In Gratitude, Deborah