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Aliya Reich
 
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Hello dearest family and friends,

I hope you're all doing well! I can't believe it's already August. I hope you've been keeping safe and healthy during 2021, another wild wild year.

I am excited to share that I'm gearing up for my eighth year with Pacing for Parkinson's! I've been co-leading the organizing committee again this year, and it's hard to believe, but we're looking at another virtual event during the first week of October.

While going virtual is super disappointing in some ways, it's actually opened up a number of cool opportunities, so I'm planning for my own participation to look a little different this year. P4P's focus for 2021 is on promoting the benefits of different types of movement for folks with Parkinson's (and, let's be honest, for all of us), beyond just running and walking. As a charity partner with the Baltimore Running Festival, P4P has always been really walking- and running-focused when it takes place in person, but the virtual format is letting us do more with different types of movement. That's great in general, but especially because a lot of folks with Parkinson's have trouble with running and walking! As a co-leader I'm trying to help P4P become more inclusive and less ableist, and thus more open for everyone, regardless of physical ability, to participate in their own way.

So for my P4P Week 2021, I'm going to be selecting a different type of movement for each day of the week, and they'll be activities I don't normally do and/or that make me uncomfortable. Why? Doing something new that kind of makes me nervous is a good chance to step outside my comfort zone, like so many folks with Parkinson's have to do all of the time. I also haven't been able to run as much from a stress fracture and car accident injuries earlier this year (don't worry - I'm recovering), so it's a good year for me to do a different sort of challenge.

I'll try to raise $500 per day for the eight days of P4P week and my eighth year of involvement - so, $4000 total!

I'm accepting suggestions for ways to move! Already on my list are riding a bike (ahem, yes, this is something I'm not comfortable with), indoor climbing (I'm terrified of heights), a short solo trail run, perhaps stand-up paddleboarding... Let me know what you think.

Love to all!
Aliya

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