I am one of more than six million people worldwide living with Parkinson's today.
Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological illness. It is the second most common neurological disorder and, in the U.S. alone, 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year.
So far, I have been very lucky ... the disease is progressing slowly. I experience tremors in my right arm that can still be controlled with medication. I have limited mobility, mostly in my hands, and my fingers often won't follow instructions from my brain. My family will tell you that the only time I seem to be able to move quickly is when I am headed to the golf course.
But others I know with Parkinson's ... and the millions I don't ... struggle daily with routine tasks that the rest of us take for granted. In addition to debilitating and painful physical symptoms, they suffer from impaired cognitive function, significant memory loss, and emotional instability caused either by the disease itself or the medication prescribed for it.
I am requesting your support to help the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) continue its commitment to find a cure and more effective treatment to improve our quality of life until they do. The foundation accelerates high-impact science through smart risk taking and problem solving with a commitment to urgency and efficiency.
I am also hosting a golf outing benefitting MJFF on Thursday December 29, 2022 at the Heritage Oaks Golf and Country Club in Sarasota, Florida. If you would like to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
MJFF's motto is "Here. Until Parkinson's isn't." With your support, we will move closer to putting Parkinson's in our rear view mirrors.