Please Help Me Help Those Facing Parkinson's
Recently, I joined the Board of Directors of the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA). I am thrilled to join with this great organization to help improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson's.
On Sunday September 13, 2015, PFNCA will hold its annual awareness and fundraising program at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. -- home of the Washington Nationals.
That day, thousands impacted by Parkinson’s will gather to show that those facing this disease that they do not do so alone. They we will walk the field at Nationals Park and raise funds to support those impacted by Parkinson’s including people diagnosed with the disease, care partners and their family members.
Slowing How Parkinson’s Impacts People and building Community
PFNCA is a leading organization providing programs and services directly to those impacted by Parkinson’s. While there is no cure for PD, research tells us that those diagnosed with it can take steps to slow how the disease impacts them. PFNCA provides exercise, communication and education programs throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
PFNCA improves the quality of life of those impacted by Parkinson's disease, their care partners, and families, and fosters a sense of community to ensure that no one battles this disease alone. Simply stated, PFNCA strengthens the physical and emotional health of people impacted by Parkinson’s.
“PFNCA helps people take control of their lives.”
A man with Parkinson’s who participates in PFNCA’s programs recently talked about how when a person is diagnosed with PD, they have many questions and feel that there is not much they can do. PFNCA is an organization that provides resources and information to help navigate living well with the disease. As he so eloquently stated: “PFNCA helps people take control of their lives.”
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 recognizing that positive actions and encouragement lead to happier possibilities and energy.” -- Ann
“I Walk Off Parkinson’s with the support of amazing people – my husband, family, friends, my PFNCA support group, personal trainer, therapist, psychiatrist, masseuse, neurologist, dentist, those in my book group and my colleagues at work. I am determined to work successfully and fully for many more years. To everyone out there with Parkinson’s who is working, you can do it too! It is very significant for people with PD to have a comprehensive web of support in order to live life fully and have hope for the future.” --Mary Lou
Your Help Is Needed
We need your help to continue this important work. Funds raised will be used to maintain PFNCA’s current exercise, communication and education programs, and allow PFNCA to serve more people.
Please support me in my efforts to help those facing Parkinson’s. I am proud to tell you that PFNCA was recently named one of the best small nonprofits in the Greater Washington Region by the Catalogue for Philanthropy. Additionally, more than 81 cents of every dollar raised supports programs and services provided by PFNCA.
Together, we will Walk Off Parkinson’s.
Please make a tax-deductible contribution today. You can make a donation now by clicking on the donate button or you can send your donation payable to Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA) to:
Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area
7700 Leesburg Pike #208
Falls Church, VA 22043-2620
Please be sure to list my name and "Walk Off Parkinson's" in the memo line.
PFNCA is not affilaited with any of the many national organizations that focus on Parkinson's. Your support provides for a powerful and vibrant community helping those with Parkinson's live well.
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