Millions of people across the globe are currently living with Parkinson's disease. This year, 60,000 people will be diagnosed in the United States alone.
But this does not have to be the case forever.
Parkinson's has been a part of my life for the better part of a decade now as I have seen my dad live with it everyday. Like many young men, my father is my hero. Seeing how Parkinson's has affected his day to day life since his diagnosis has given me a new appreciation for these tasks that we take for granted. Growing up my favorite thing to do with my dad was to go to the baseball field and have a catch, but as Parkinson's become more prominent (and myself getting older and throwing harder), our catches became less and less frequent, until the point we were unable to have them.
But I do not want this to be a pity party, because that is the one thing my dad has refused to take over all these years. Instead, he has stood up to this disease and refused to allow it to define him, but instead to fight back. So I have taken that same spirit and decided to push myself to the most challenging thing I've ever done, and my least favorite form of exercise, running this years NYC Marathon.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my page and to hear my story.
Lets knockout Parkinson's once and for all, together.