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Stand Up! HR Gives Back 2019

Mollie Lombardi

Six years ago, on September 23, 2013, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Since that time, I have led a very public and transparent fight against Parkinson’s. I have written, spoken, organized, fundraised and more. Every fall for the last five years, one of my missions has been to lead the “HR Gives Back” Fundraiser during the HR Technology Conference. Together we have raised well over $100,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. And once again I need your help.

On October 8, 2019, I will undergo the first of three stages of Deep Brain Stimulation (“DBS”) implantation, starting first with the insertion of two electronic leads into my brain tissue. A week later, two battery-operated devices will be inserted into my chest cavity. And finally, two or three weeks after that, the entire system will be turned on. Although this operation is not a cure, it is an extremely positive step toward better managing the symptoms of PD, and hopefully results in my having a much improved quality of life.

If the past six years have taught me nothing else, they have taught me how important it is to manage your energy, and to ask for help when you need it. The military uses the term “Stand Down” defined as “a relaxation of status of a military unit or force from an alert or operational posture.” The idea of an active and productive recovery resonates with me. Since the beginning, my fight with Parkinson’s has been an always-on, constant battle to keep everything moving along like normal. But living on a hair-trigger is exhausting.\

So here is my request: Between now and November 18, 2019, the day I plan to return to work full time, I'm asking you to STAND UP and help me raise $10,000 to support the work of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. 

For individual donors, the first 50 individuals donating $50 or more will get an awesome vintage T-shirt featuring the logo from my “Unshakable Optimist” blog (www.unshakableoptimist.com). 

For my many generous corporate sponsors, your support has meant so much to me and to the Foundation for many years, and your names will be shouted from the social media mountaintop as you help me achieve this goal.

I hope you’ll join me and stand up. During my stand down I’ll be recovering, resting and retraining, and will be back in the public battle arena with you in a few short weeks. And I promise you this - I’ll be back to fight harder than ever before.

Thank you all for you generosity and support!
Much love,

AND PLEASE DON'T FORGET! If your employer has a charitable donation matching program, please be sure to let your HR or Payroll department know that you have donated!



raised of $10,000 goal


Recent Donations

1. PPaychex
2. MSMaureen Sweeney
3. AIAmy Ihlen
You never cease to amaze me! Fight the good fight! 😘
4. KKatherine Jones
5. SRSharon Randall
Mollie, you've already made a positive impact in so many ways. Hoping you get every good outcome you deserve.
6. ?Anonymous