MY GOAL – 60 donations for my 60th birthday.

I am participating in Moving Day® Boca Raton, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation South Palm Beach County Chapter, on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at FAU Stadium.    The picture above is of Anne Bloom and I from last year’s Miami Moving Day.  It’s amazing the friendships that have lasted all these years we met at gym class at JFK Jr High in September 1970.

The event will be a fun-filled, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities. We will be able to enjoy a variety of movement activities yoga, dance, Pilates, Tai Chi, boxing, stretching and much more and celebrate the importance of movement in our lives.

Please consider being a part of my team or sponsoring me, and I encourage you to get your friends, family and coworkers involved.

Dear Friends and Family:

As we approach the Jewish and Secular New Years myself and my peers will be approaching our 60th birthday.   Look back over those years and while other generations have seen greater changes, look how technology has changed since 1958.    My personal first technology memory when I think back is running to the 7/11 with Dad to check tubes from the TV.

Ron and I have made the observation that life is a bell curve.   We start out with our parents and grandparents taking care of us.  Then we go up the curve and become more independent, we then have children of our own to take care of but over time we also have to take care of our aging grandparents and then our own parents but hopefully we also then get grandchildren to take care of too.

As we age we also run into medical issues.  Some related to heredity, others may be related to environment and others are just the aging process.  Some are short term and some cause problems for the rest of our lives.

In 2004 I started having problems walking which was ultimately diagnosed as Parkinson’s.  The first thing the doctor told me is that people don’t die from Parkinson’s but it is something that we have to learn to live with.  So we live with it. I exercise as much as I can and we having taken over 20 major trips (cruises and land tours) since 2004.

While I’ve been dealing with this degenerative disease for almost 14 years, the last two years have been most difficult and my recent cruise to the Baltic Sea was the first time I felt somewhat disabled due to this disease (I only got a car disabled permit last year and I usually don’t use it.)

My goal is to stay as healthy as I can to enjoy this down the bell curve stage of life.  Our two children are married and Nava will be three this year and she will give up her “only child” status in February so then we will be a family of 10.

There is a lot of research being done to keep people like me healthy with Parkinsons.  I am involved with two support groups near my New York home and one in my Valencia Shores complex in Florida.

I’ve set a personal goal of trying to get 60 donations for our upcoming Moving Day Events in Rochester and Boca and I’d  appreciate your help.   I don?t care how  much  or which event  you donate to but I’d love to count you in to help me  reach my goal.

More personal information about my travels, family and Parkinson’s   Gloria’s website

Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the National Parkinson Foundation.


Why Move for Moving Day?


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Ron & Gloria Friedman
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Melissa Greenstein
Joey & Debbie Green
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