As some of you may know, my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 6 years ago. Our team, Victor’s Striders, has joined the Parkinson’s SuperWalk each year to raise money to support people in BC living with the disease.
If you don’t know Victor well, you may only be familiar with his nice guy energy. But this man has fire in the belly. He always encourages me (using strongly worded lectures) to stand up for myself and my beliefs. I’ve witnessed many conversations where he would get heated when it came to discussions around core values. Topics like: putting family first, having integrity, respecting those you love, honoring commitments, and the importance of discipline - just to name a few.
The impressive thing about Victor, is that he’s always encompassed these values. He really does practice what he preaches. For example, (I’ve mentioned this before) prior to dad’s diagnosis, he participated and fundraised for the Ride to Conquer Cancer for many years - in honor of his father who suffered from the disease.
I’ve been thinking about this more than usual, because this year we have two new additions to our family. I gave birth to twins, Fynn and Rue. Victor has stepped up as World’s Greatest Lolo (“grandpa” in Tagalog). He is a master babysitter, cuddler, funny face maker, and all around vital source of love and support for these two tiny humans.
Equally important, he’s instilled values in our family that will be passed on to my kids. And similar to Victor taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer for his dad, we will participate and fundraise for the Parkinson’s SuperWalk every year for ours.
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. 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.
Thank you for your support!