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Running to beat Parkinson's Disease

Team Fundraising Goal: $2,500.00

Total Number of Gifts: 35
Total Value of Gifts: $3,046.00

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Brenna Clark

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I need your help to meet two pretty hefty goals I have set for myself to accomplish during the first part of 2014: 1. Train to run 13.1 miles AND 2. Raise $2,500 for the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF). Both by May 3rd! How are these related and why that specific date? Well, I'm training to run in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon (in Indianapolis) in honor of my mom that day! She was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease about 17 years ago and has conquered many challenges the disease has thrown her way ever since. If it wasn't for associations like the NPF, I hate to think what things would be like today for our family. No, things aren't great, but thanks to some awesome advancements in medicine, my mom was able to undergo Deep Brain Stimulation surgery about six years ago which has significantly improved her quality of life for now. There isn't a cure for this progressive neurodegenerative disease but treatments like this that help control the symptoms of the disease would have never been possible without foundations like the National Parkinson Foundation. The NPF provides information for patients and caregivers along with for the public as a whole to increase awareness for this disease. Donations go not only to education, but also for research and clinical trials that make advancements in the treatment of the disease possible and a cure a little more within reach.

I think my entire family has cursed the disease at one time or another, but if it wasn't for the Parkinson's, I wouldn't be a RN today and I definitely wouldn't be neurology/neurosurgery nurse. And ultimately, I wouldn't have made it through nursing school or through the first two years of my career if it wasn't for my mom. No, I can't cure the disease by raising $2,500. And running a half-marathon isn't going to make the disease go away either. But they will make a difference. I am going to run and train for it for those who can't, especially my mom. And if just one person can learn something new about this disease that affects 1 million Americans, I will consider it a success. So, even if you can't donate, do me a favor... walk a mile for someone who can't. And then learn something new. Ignorance may be bliss but knowledge is power and it only takes one person to make a change, even if just a small one. Thanks in advance for your support!

There are two ways that you can donate --
1. Hit the "Make a donation" tab to the right of your screen.
2. Come out to the Elwin United Methodist Church for the Run2beatPD Bake Sale on April 13, 2014 and buy some goodies.

100% of the proceeds will go directly to benefit the NPF.

On a side note, encouraging words while I'm training to run this are also appreciated! :)

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