How do you Walk Off Parkinson’s?

Walk Off Parkinson’s is the name of PFNCA’s community fundraising and awareness walk, but it is so much more.  It is a rallying cry to focus on how those impacted by Parkinson’s can take steps to slow how PD affects them.  Whether it is a practical mindset of regularly exercising or a philosophical one that a person can enjoy life even when faced with challenges, Walk Off Parkinson’s is a way of life.


“I walk off Parkinson's by staying active. When PD manifests itself in me, I can either concentrate on not letting stress take hold or just keep moving. I know that if I exercise every morning and take advantage of the PFNCA's exercise programs, and find other ways to stay active, nearly all visible signs of PD become nonexistent.  Yes, this regimen is there for the taking. Believe that PD can be mitigated and continue to fight for wellbeing.”

Fred, Rockville, Maryland; Person Living with Parkinson’s, Diagnosed in 2010


“I Walk Off Parkinson’s by attending PFNCA Exercise programs three days a week, walking up to an hour a day, taking supplements, learning as much as I can about the disease and having a positive attitude conditioned by the experiences of my family members who also faced  PD.“

Mohammed , Alexandria, Virginia; Person Living with Parkinson’s, Diagnosed in 2012


 “I Walk Off Parkinson’s with positive attitude looking to the future understanding where I am going and not where I have been.  I use prayer, meditation, exercise, nutrition and encouragement from my family and friends.  I enjoy life every day with confidence.”

Shirley, Bowie Maryland; Person Living with Parkinson’s, Diagnosed in 2005


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“I Walk Off Parkinson’s by swimming and taking PFNCA’s Exercise program.”

Russell, Baltimore, Maryland; Person Living with Parkinson’s, Diagnosed in 2010


“I Walk Off Parkinson’s by exercising on my own, by walking in my neighborhood, and by going to PFNCA exercise classes.  This helps my balance and clears my mind.”

Loring, Washington, D.C.; Person Living with Parkinson’s, Diagnosed in 2003


“I walk off Parkinson's by trading fear for education; frustration for activities that feed my mind and spirit; and a sense of loss with gratitude for every day we still have.”

Cher, Ashburn, Virginia; Carepartner to her husband


“I Walk Off Parkinson’s everyday with defiance and with a chip on my shoulder that encourages others do to the same.  I may have Parkinson’s but I’m not going to let Parkinson’s have me.”

Peter, Vienna, Virginia; Person Living with Parkinson’s, Diagnosed in 2010


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“I Walk Off Parkinson’s with humor and determination, staying socially connected, and challenging my mind to participate in activities helps keep my strength in the foreground and limitations in the shadows.  I relay on spirituality to keep me hopeful and grounded, and exercise to keep moving.”

Nancy, Timonium, Maryland; Person Living with Parkinson’s, Diagnosed in 2007

 


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