Welcome to Team "CURE PD"
We can't believe that this is the third annual Paws event and value the opportunity to raise funds for the Parkinson's Center of Oregon which has provided us with outstanding support with managing Dan's Parkinson's Disease, being involved in clinical research, and as an educational resource. The funds that are raised go directly to the PCO to help continue their mission.
Dan was diagnosed in 2002 and yes, still has PD.
There is no cure, YET !!
The event has changed names and is now: "Paws for Parkinson's" and will be held on Saturday, July 13th on the South Waterfront with a 1K and 4K walk as well as pet contests and games for children.
We feel a sense of urgency to share with you Dan's adventure with PD. Parkinson's disease affects the way you move. It happens when dopamine producing cells in the brain begin to die off. Dopamine sends signals to an area in the brain that controls movement and allows your muscles to function smoothly. When you no longer have enough dopamine, you have trouble moving the way you want to. Parkinson’s is progressive, which means it gets worse over time as lost brain cells are not replaced. As dopamine decreases so does movement. People with PD seem to display symptoms that can be ditfferent from others with PD. Some PD patients have tremor (shaking or trembling) of the hands, arms, or legs. Others have stiff muscles, slow movement, or problems with balance or walking. As Dan's adventure continues, having increased episodes during the day of extreme muscle stiffness, slow movements, and difficulty walking is a continuous challenge to maintain our quality of life. We have a sense of urgency to provide funds for the PCO to continue research that will unlock the pathway to a cure.
Our license plate has given us many opportunities to raise awareness about PD as we are asked many times what the letters stand for.
Please consider making a donation, registering for the walk, or better yet, doing both. Please accept our thanks for your help in raising over $2500.00 in 2012. Our goal for 2013 is simply to exceed last years amount.
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support our fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too! Remember:: All donations are tax deductible.
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Please plan to join "Team CURE PD" in our fundraising efforts.
We believe that every donation brings us a step closer to a cure.
Dan and Pat Baker
Thanks again for your support -- we would like to hear from you!!