Support Melanie Jenkins for the Parkinson SuperWalk
I'm doing this for very simple reasons. My dad, Randy Jenkins, was just diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. Since I cannot just make it go away, I'm going to do what I can so that someday someone else might make it go away.
My dad just got his first grandbaby. He and my mom lead an active and philanthropic lifestyle. They bicycle with a group of friends several times a week, they volunteer at the local playhouse, he is the president of the local Rotary club which is a very active chapter and he sometimes helps my mom with her food bank volunteering. He walks his Bernese Mountain dog multiple times a day and they do lots of traveling, around Canada and beyond. Parkinsons threatens his way of life and his quality of life.
On the upside, currently my dad is doing well and the medication is helping a lot. But we had noticed for quite some time prior to that that something was up. It was one of those things, it was hard to tell if the problems were just old age creeping in, or his arthritic knees, even depression. And even though he had become quite withdrawn and quiet, there would be times he would break through and be present and engaged.
My father has lived an active life for most of his life, going to the gym regularly, canoeing, kayaking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, now rowing and bicycling; helping himself, his neighbors and his family with physical tasks such as painting, building decks and sheds and there are times it seems incredibly unfair that he would develop a debilitating disease that might rob him of his ability to do the things he loves.
But, we have to stay positive. It could be something worse, and he is in a good position to keep his mobility for a long time since he's already strong and used to lots of activity. And the rest, well, we do what we have to to make it better, so that's why this September 7th, I’m joining everyday heroes from communities across Canada as part of Parkinson Canada SuperWalk.
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 the SuperWalk because my dad has become one of those people diagnosed with Parkinsons.
Help me fight this awful disease. 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.
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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