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The book that started it: Praise for “Renegade Pinky”
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Who: Andy Weatherwax & The Meeting House Poets
What: Poetry Reading Art Auction & Dinner
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 16, 2016 | 6:30 – 8:30
Tickets: $50.00 per person
Dear Friends and Family,
This fall it will have been 15 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, Josa and I will be hosting the second 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.