Growing up my dad taught me to give as much as you can back to charity and then ask how else you can help. I look at my own involvement and it pales in comparison to the example he set forth and the unconditional support he gave and continues to give to our community. Since I was 19, I have dedicated all of my free time to supporting deserving organizations and believing in the idea of being proactive in lieu of reactive when it came to charity work. Get involved before a cause affects you. Stop asking why but instead how – and the only reason you need to get involved is because the cause affects someone, not just you. This mentality gave me the opportunity to work with friends and strangers alike – sometimes on 12 organizations at once. I’ve been able to serve dozens of deserving organizations both locally and nation wide making huge impacts on our community and beyond. It has been the most rewarding aspect of my life and I am so grateful for each person who has been a part of my charitable story.
In December 2016 – a cause that had not yet passed my peripheral, came smack dab in my line of vision. My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I felt gut punched – here I was being proactive for years and now it was my turn to be reactive. So I did the only thing I knew how to do – I joined a committee and then another committee, and then another. One of the scariest parts of finding out was that I didn’t know or understand the disease, I didn’t know how to talk about the disease with my dad, I didn’t know how to best support him. Parkinson’s Foundation had answers. This group has been incredible and I’m now on the side of the table where I’m intrinsically involved. When they talk about fundraising, I know the person it’s helping. When they talk about impact, I know the guy this affects. My heart swells during our meetings and I leave them near tears so excited to be a part of this, a part of the potential to make my dad’s life a little easier. A part of the potential to make people’s lives a little easier. There is no cure. But we’re going to get through this together. And I’m getting to work.
I am participating in Moving Day Chicago, benefiting the Parkinson’s Foundation Chicago, on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at Lincoln Park – South Fields.
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.
Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Why Move for Moving Day?
Did you know that someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every 9 minutes in the United States? No one should have to face Parkinson’s alone. That is why the Parkinson’s Foundation provides a community of support to give people the resources and help they need to live well with Parkinson’s.
Support our mission to help every person diagnosed with Parkinson’s live their best possible life now. Your gift will help us fund better research, better treatment and better lives.