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In May 2012, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, just a few days before my first trip to France and the French Open with friends from my tennis team. The trip was a timely buffer from the shock of being diagnosed with an incurable, progressive disease, and the perfect kickoff to a conscious effort to love life every day.
The symptoms had been gradual: not swinging one arm, moving more slowly, my balance was off and other symptoms.
Six months after diagnosis I had neck surgery, briefly bringing into question the Parkinson's diagnosis. It was disheartening to then learn the diagnosis stood: I still had early Parkinson’s.
I researched and immersed myself into everything I could do to offset the symptoms: exercise, yoga, LSVT BIG therapy, and voice training at Parkinson's Voice Project. My friends and family are the key to keeping me positive. I found a Young Onset Parkinson's Support Group of wonderful new friends, some of whom were diagnosed in their 20s and 30s! I enrolled in clinical trials and am passionate about helping to work toward a cure for us all, hopefully in my lifetime.
This brings me here, to the Michael J Fox Foundation - the leading funder of research toward a cure for Parkinson's - and ME asking for YOUR help to keep funding this research.
I hope to see you at my first fundraiser, a Western Swing Dance, 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday November 23, 2013. Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas, TX. Western swing band Shoot Low Sheriff will perform with special guest Square Dance Caller Wayne Shoemaker. The event includes a cash bar, silent auction and raffle items.
The event is being hosted by my tennis team, the Samuell Grand Slammers. Join us for a rootin’, tootin’ good time! Tickets are $25. You may purchase tickets to the event here:https://-ticketbud-com-westernswingforteamfox.ticketbud.com/western-swing-and-square-dance If you can’t attend, you can also donate on the top of this page where it says DONATE NOW and receive a charitable contribution receipt. Proceeds from the event go to the Michael J Fox Foundation.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support!
We can do this!
Five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease - a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder. In the United States, 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. There is no known cure for Parkinson's disease.
About Team Fox
Team Fox is The Michael J. Fox Foundation's (MJFF) grassroots community fundraising program. It is made up of thousands of people worldwide who raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease research. All funds raised through Team Fox go directly to MJFF to further its mission to accelerate the delivery of life-changing treatments, and ultimately a cure, to people with Parkinson's disease.
Help us speed a cure for Parkinson's!