Dear Friends,

This long overdue message is from the deepest part of my heart and is not easy to write but here goes.  April is Parkinson’s Awareness month and April 11th is World Parkinson’s Day.  It’s also National Barber Shop Quartet Day and National Cheese Fondue Day, in case you were wondering.

Why is today so important to me?  Well, let me explain.  September 27, 2012 is a day that will forever be etched in my mind.  Not only was the day after we happily welcomed our third child, a baby boy, making us a party of five, but it was also the day we had a very uninvited guest to the party…a guest that never left.  My husband, at age 38, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  As you can imagine, the flood of emotions that ensued was strong.  So was the power of denial.  For over a year, we kept the diagnosis to ourselves so that we could just get a handle on the disease before trying to explain it to family and friends and well because, we had a newborn.  It was a lonely way to live and we were always waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Well it did.  The disease kept progressing quickly and eventually, Vivek couldn’t hide it anymore and needed support.  Fast forward six plus years and the disease has taken over almost every aspect of our daily lives.  Simple tasks are not so simple anymore and things once taken for granted like being able to type an email have become everyday struggles.  We try so hard to not let it get us down, not to look too forward into the future, and find people who can share our experiences which has been a godsend.  It’s now time to take action outside of ourselves.

I recently have become involved with a wonderful organization called the The Parkinson’s Foundation which has a local chapter in DC.  First Hands Health is proud to be participating in Moving Day® DC, benefiting the Parkinson’s Foundation, on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.  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 like yoga, boxing, stretching and much more and celebrate the importance of movement in our lives.

The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people living with Parkinson’s Disease by improving care and advanced research toward a cure.  In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience, and passion of our global Parkinson’s community.  No one should have to face Parkinson’s alone. Please 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. o

Please consider being a part of my team or sponsoring me as the representative for First Hands Health to help us reach our fundraising goal.  The money will support the vital work of the Parkinson’s Foundation and maybe, just maybe, we can cure this awful disease.

Honor Roll

the shahfields
Pete and Nam Mee Wisner
Joan Guzi