4th Annual Poets for Parkinson’s

Join us for an afternoon of poetry for a cause!  To reserve your seat simply CLICK HERE and make a $25, or more, donation per person. Your name will be added to our guest list. The book that started it: Praise for “Renegade Pinky”

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Who: Andy Weatherwax & The Meeting House Poets

What: Poetry Reading, light refreshments, door prizes!
Proceeds to Benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

Where: South Church | 949 Main St | So. Glastonbury, CT 06073

When: Thursday June 11, 2017 | 3:00 – 5:00

Tickets: $25.00 per person

For tickets go to TEAM FOX Poets for Parkinson’s >>

Dear Friends and Family,

This fall it will have been 17 years since I first heard the words ‘Parkinson’s disease’ as they pertained to me. The neurologist said something like, “I can’t be sure, but you may have Parkinson’s disease.” To which  I replied, “huh?”

Looking back, the symptoms first appeared about two years earlier. And it would be another year before I was examined by a movement disorder specialist for the final authoritative, “You have Parkinson’s disease.”

Today I am proud to be playing a part in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. As Team Fox members, we will be hosting the 4th annual Poets for Parkinson’s fundraiser. And we’ll be asking friends and family for support. 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 (PD). I am dedicating my efforts to The Michael J. Fox Foundation because I believe that I am helping to ultimately shorten the road to a cure.

Over five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) — a chronic degenerative neurological disorder whose symptoms typically progress from mild tremors to complete physical incapacitation. 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 10 percent of people with PD experience onset at age 40 or younger.

There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease. Currently available treatments temporarily mask symptoms while the disease continues to progress. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.

I’m asking for your support in our race to put an end to PD.  This year our goal is to raise $10,000. Please help me reach my goal by making a contribution now. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law and can be made payable to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. You can visit my Team Fox fundraising page at http://www2.michaeljfox.org/goto/p4p2016 to make a secure gift online. I invite you to join me in making a difference in the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease. Thank you.

Metta,
Andy

Praise for “Renegade Pinky”

Join us for an evening of beautiful poetry, fine art, and good eats at the 3rd Annual Poets for Parkinson’s. 

http://fundraise.michaeljfox.org/poetsTo reserve your seat simply CLICK HERE and make a $25, or more, donation per person. Your name will be added to our guest list.

Space is limited! DONATE NOW! >>

renegade-pinky“It is the voice in these poems that stays with you. Amused, angry, sad, and persistently ironic. It is a voice I want to hear again.”
~ Robert B. Parker, New York Times Best Selling Author

How does the brain change suffering into art? As a neuroscientist, I can’t say, but as a reader, I can report that it has happened. Andy Weatherwax, a polymath who has also produced musical and visual art, here brings his intense appreciation of the sensory world to the experience of illness. The result is transformative.
~ Alice Flaherty, MD, PhD, Director, Movement Disorders, Mass. General Hospital Author of The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the Creative Brain

“These poems reveal a depth of human spirit the reader will find to be a source of healing.  Andy Weatherwax embraces his Parkinson’s disease as a gift that allows him to love in new ways, to see with new vision, and to live with a sacred purpose.  We see in his verse that he refuses to allow the Parkinson’s to define him.  Each poem bears witness to the quality of life one discovers when one moves beyond fear.  Laced with the language of joy, this collection of Andy’s work inspires us to live fully into each moment.  Wisdom begins when we let ourselves be awed by the Creator.  Andy is a wise human being.”
~ Rev. Richard C. Allen, Senior Minister, The Congregational Church in South Glastonbury, CT, United Church of Christ

“An honest, humorous, and at times, even lyrical, expression of the fragility and resilience of human life unfolding against the background of a greater compassion.”
~ Mark T. Unno, PhD Shin Buddhist priest and scholar, Author of Shingon Refractions: Myoe and the Mantra of Light

“The individual poems in Renegade Pinky are extraordinary.  As a collection, the impact is breathtaking.  These poems are informed by pain, uncertainty and loss; but even as we are brought to profound intimacy with these things, we as well accompany a poet possessing great good humor, an ironic take on life and exquisite sensitivity to the revelations of nature, music, love and everyday realities.  Falling into a gutter, giving vent to anger, letting the words of Billie Holiday speak to him, turning the menace of a subway bully into kinship: such things mark Andy Weatherwax’s days, and we emerge from our time with him aspiring to the deeper, broader, more creative and peace-filled ways of being human that infuse his life.  I dare you to read these poems and not be changed.”

~ Alexandrina Sergio
, Author of My Daughter is Drummer in a Rock ‘n Roll Band