Emajoe Abeln's Fight against Parkinson's

I was diagnosed in 2005 with Parkinson's disease.  I have learned many ways of coping with this disease.  First I joined a support group. The monthly meetings and luncheons are beneficial,and very enjoyable.  I have found that socializing with friends and creating new friendships are very important since PD can be a very isolating disease if you allow it.  Also you need a good sense of humor and be able to laugh at yourself.

Before I had ever read that music and dancing helped people with PD, I made that discovery myself.  I attended a concert called Sting Ray Anthony's Juke Box Rock and then purchased his CD's and discovered that listening and dancing to his music seemed to help my symptoms.  I wrote Sting Ray about this discovery, not thinking he would ever respond.   However, he did respond and I have since become good friends with him and his wife, Kim.   I truly value their friendship and support, as well as the support from husband and family.

All of this has inspired me to have a fund raiser to benefit The Michael J Fox Foundation with a Dance Party for Parkinson's starring Sting Ray Anthony and his Juke Box Rock show (time and date TBA).  I would  like to give everyone a chance to experience this "feeling like I don't have PD" for a few hours.  Ray's love for his family, music, friends, and fans generate through his lively and energetic performance.

Please join Team Memphis in our fight for the cure!  Please donate on our team page or purchase tickets to our event.  Sales time and date TBA.

Now through December 31, 2012, all Team Fox members new to the program or those who raised more than last year will have their funds matched dollar-for-dollar, thanks to the $50-million Brin Wojcicki Challenge.

Your timing to step up for Team Fox couldn?t be better. Be a part of the answer and help us speed a cure for Parkinson?s today!