Support PAT HANSEN for Parkinson SuperWalk
This September, I’m joining everyday heroes from communities across Canada as part of Parkinson Canada SuperWalk. My story (in red)
I participated in the 2017 Superwalk, and it was a great inspiration to me. Getting out there and walking with so many people sharing the same battle made me realize I was not alone. Sadly in May last year, my dear husband of 42 years, passed away and, in his memory I chose not to participate in the 2018 Superwalk. From what I have read, and watched in videos on YouTube, I understand the importance of keeping active. It is also essential to have a goal, a cause about which you feel passionate and are willing to commit to wholeheartedly. Next to my faith and my family, my cause is to help people living with Parkinson's Disease (NO MATTER WHAT) . I was diagnosed with Parkinson's over twenty years ago and I am now pretty much spending my days in a wheelchair. Up until September 2018, I used my walker quite regularly, but this changed on September 21,when I was taken to hospital in a septic coma, where I spent six weeks, including two weeks in ICU, and miraculously survived thanks to kidney surgery, topnotch medical people and prayer by my church, family and friends.
More than 25 Canadians are diagnosed with Parkinson's every day; more than one person every hour. By 2031, the number of people living with Parkinson’s in Canada will more than double. I am participating in SuperWalk to fund the increasing need for support, advocacy and research.
Your donation fuels better health outcomes for Canadians living with Parkinson's today, and it supports the Parkinson Canada Research Program which works with Canada's brightest researchers to find the next big breakthroughs in treatment. This is why I'm asking for your support today.When I kept hearing the same story from family and friends how I had survived a near-death experience, I began to ponder why I had been left on this earth, and what was God's purpose for my life. I live at the Carleton Place Terrace Senior's Residence and I have become accutely aware of the need for a Parkinson Support Group. To my knowledge, there are only five people living here who have Parkinson's, but there is a surprising lack of education and information available to their personal caregivers and the staff here. Everyone tries to "help", but the "help" that is offered is not always the "help" that is needed. We are still trying to get the support group on its feet, but now the more important issue at hand is to teach family, caregivers and those people working with PLWP (people living with Parkinson's) exactly how they can supply the help that is needed. As it says in the paragraph just before this one,, I have made my commitment to the SuperWalk to fund the increasing need for support, advocacy and research. Won't you please sponsor me today with your donation, which should expedite the education that is needed. Thank you.
Help me ensure Parkinson Canada is there for Canadians living with Parkinson’s today – while funding research into better treatments and one day, a cure.
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