Hello! Thank you for visiting my fundraising page!
If you’re here, it’s likely you know that Parkinson’s Disease has significantly impacted my life and the lives of all of my family members. From both of my grandfathers’ diagnoses when I was a young child to my mom’s when I was 20, PD has unfortunately been a presence in my life for as long as I can remember.
If you’re here, it’s also possible/probable you know about my involvement in Pacing for Parkinson’s. This is my fifth year running with P4P, my fourth on the committee, and my second in a leadership role. To round out that list, I’ll add a few numbers, including a major first:
- 10 years. This is the tenth year P4P has been a charity team with the Baltimore Running Festival – an exciting anniversary.
- $155,000. Our team’s fundraising goal, which, when reached, will push us past the $1 million mark in cumulative funds raised since 2008.
- $4,000. My personal fundraising goal.
- And, last but not least: First 26.2. The number of miles I’ll run, in my very first marathon, to represent P4P all over Baltimore and raise money for Parkinson’s research, education, and outreach.
If you know me at all, you know how incredibly important this cause is to me, my family, and the community of PD patients and caregivers I’ve grown to know and love. Though battling Parkinson’s Disease has been a part of my identity pretty much always, my involvement with P4P over the last five years has added running as a major part of my sense of self, my social life, and what helps me get up in the morning, grateful that I can with relative ease.
Please consider donating to P4P and, by extension, the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Johns Hopkins Medicine, to help us reach our goal. Wondering how your donation will be used? Check this link out.
Any amount, large or small, will help both me and so many Parkinson’s patients – my dear sweet Moma Reich included – continue to put one foot in front of the other in search of a cure.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart and the soul of my shoe, for reading.
PS. Check out this amazing feature in Parkinson’s Warriors on my little moma and me!