Believe It...Moving Forward For Parkinson's

                 Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1

Dear Family and Friends:

Four years ago I noticed uncontrollable movement in one finger. During the next six months my right hand had a tremor along with experiencing achiness in the upper arm. My first visitation to see a neurologist ruled out carpal tunnel.  On my second visit I was diagnosed with Parkinson ?s Disease (PD). I began to read information about the disease and immediately became saddened that my life and appearances may change from the effects of the disease.  Medication was prescribed to ease the tremor and achiness.  Persistent, that maybe just maybe there could be a mistake; I proceeded to find the right doctor for me. Four doctors later all giving the same diagnosis I began to accept the hand that was dealt. One doctor stated the importance of exercising the mind and body.  Since my retirement in 2011, I have time for yoga practice, fitness class and zumba lessons. In addition, reading and playing games have become an important part of my daily life.

I am fortunate that over the past few years my family has been understanding and supportive about my wellbeing. My husband has been an integral part of my life, attending doctor?s visits, listening and taking notes to rehash afterwards. He has been that second pair of eyes to watch for any changes. I have also made new acquaintances through my support group.  Weekly exercising together gives me the encouragement to continue to challenge myself every step of the way.  And finally and most important is my faith in God which has carried me through each day to stay positive about my diagnosis.

Parkinson?s Disease is a neurological disease that affects movement, muscle control and balance.  There is no known cure for Parkinson?s Disease. We need to find a cure.  The only way to do that is research, and I believe that the Michael J. Fox Foundation will do that in my lifetime. The MJ Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson?s Disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensure the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson?s today.  We can help by funding research. In the United States, 60,000 new cases of PD will be diagnosed this year alone. While the average age of onset is 60, an estimated five to ten percent of people with PD experience onset at age 40 or younger.  This disease could affect any one of us.

I ask for your support.  Join me at the Gala. Believe It?Moving Forward for Parkinson?s (dinner, dance and silent auction) will be held on Saturday, March 16th at the Pitkin Community Center in Wethersfield, CT.  A monetary donation of any kind or becoming a sponsor would be wonderful!  For Sponsorship, please see the Tier sheet for details.  You can also donate a Silent Auction item.  No item is too small and is greatly appreciated. Checks should be payable to Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson?s and given to me or mailed to:    CAP, P.O. Box 242, Glastonbury, CT  06033-0462.

Please go to the Team Fox web-site for details regarding the Gala and to purchase tickets.  The web-site is:    Taking on the challenge of this fundraising endeavor is both exciting and inspiring. I am making a commitment to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson?s disease. I am dedicating my efforts to The Michael J. Fox Foundation because I have faith that I am helping to ultimately shorten the road to a cure.

I?m asking for your support in our race to put an end to PD.  Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. I invite you to join me in making a difference in the lives of those living with Parkinson?s disease.

Please support my efforts.  I have faith that you will join me in finding a cure for Parkinson?s Disease!

Thank You,

Valerie Alexander