I was pregnant with Charlie when my dad called my brother and I over for a Family Meeting. Those meetings are always important and thankfully few and far between since becoming an adult.
I could not prepare myself for the news that my dad had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s after years of missed symptoms.
I cried. A lot. And that was before I knew much about it.
Parkinson’s is much much more than shaking. It changes so much about a person’s day to day life and their relationships with the people around them.
We have chosen, in true Fichter spirit, to take this situation and at first make some great jokes (He is always going to be the maracas shaker in our band and the bouncy chair for babies) and now we will raise awareness!
I’ve been personally touched by the challenges of Parkinson’s disease. But nothing like my dad who deals with it first hand and my mom who witnesses the most changes. This has been a life changing diagnosis.
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.
Please support me, my dad, our family and others affected by this disease. Thank you