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Celebrate! with Kathy Shao

Thursday July 22, 2021

Hello! I’m Kathy Shao, a student volunteer with the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation (NW Parkinson's). This fall, I’ll be a sophomore at Mercer Island High School, and I've been living in the Pacific Northwest for the past 4 years. Working with NW Parkinson's is always such a pleasure, and I’m so excited to be on the Celebrate! Committee for our biggest annual fundraiser of the year!

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Advanced Care Planning & the VA Caregiving Summit

Friday July 09, 2021

"On June 24th, 2021, I had the opportunity take part in the 2nd Annual VA Caregiver Summit “Inclusive Care: Empowering and Engaging Family Caregivers as Partners in Care”...The topic that resonated the most with me was a presentation by Dr. David Brecher titled “Advanced Care Planning: What, When and Why”. This is a topic that is not often talked about until an “accident” or “life event” happens which usually results in a trip to the ER or hospital." Read more from Andrew Price, Social Services Manager!

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Keeping an Eye on Parkinson’s

Thursday July 01, 2021

Parkinson’s disease (PD) has an admirable work ethic. It is laying for you 24/7, 52 weeks of the year...How do you live well with such a dedicated, tireless opponent constantly in your face? An enemy with such an array of tools at its disposal? 


You have to be as relentless as PD.  

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Parkinson's Toolkit

Tuesday June 01, 2021

You’ve got Parkinson’s? Better pack your tool kit. 


What goes in it? Here are some of the essentials.


Patience. If you’re not good at this, you need to practice. Everything takes longer with Parkinson’s, from tying your shoes to crossing a room, to formulating and speaking a sentence. It is maddening to shuffle through “off” periods when it can be torture to do everyday things like unload the dishwasher or do laundry. The only way to do this is one… step… at…a… time… patiently.

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Navigating Email Overload

Tuesday May 25, 2021

The pandemic has put many of us in an email overload — it's been a popular way to reach each other. When our inbox is jam-packed on a daily basis, though, some of these connections feel more like spam! Here are some tips to help balance out the communications we want and need, and those we don't.

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Thank you! We Walked for Parkinson's

Wednesday May 12, 2021

When you Put Your Purple On May 8, you helped raise awareness of Parkinson's.


When you safely Walked, you moved our small, mighty & independent nonprofit another step forward.


When you raised funds, you helped us bring FREE social services, educational programs, research updates, resources, and advocacy to communities impacted by Parkinson's in the Northwest!


Together, we raised:
$66k and counting!

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Pearline, the Object of My Affliction

Monday May 03, 2021

Pearline and I met in an antique store in the small town of Cashmere, WA. She was a vision of loveliness all in white, and she sang to me in the exotic language of her kind.

 “Honk, honk, groan”  

Bewitching.

 I cradled her in my arms. We were meant to be together.

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Team Week: Challenge 1

Monday April 26, 2021

Today is the first day of team week! 


CONTEST: The team captain who has the most walkers signed up to their team by 9 a.m. PST tomorrow, Tuesday, April 27th will win a $50 Costco gift card. 


 


Even though we are not meeting in person next week, it is important to get your team registered. Reach out to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to get them signed up as well as make a post on Facebook with your team link! You can sign up individuals that will be able to participate in your neighborhood Walks, but you can also sign up those that want to show their support, and either live out of town or won't be able to join you at your Walk. www.WalkForParkinsons.org  

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2021 Walk T-Shirt Reveal!

Friday April 16, 2021

Why do we Walk for Parkinson's? So no one walks the Parkinson's journey alone. Get this year's Walk for Parkinson's T-shirt when you raise $50 or more, and a mask when you raise $75 or more! Wearing our Purple for Parkinson's when we Walk on May 8th will catch everybody's attention — help us raise awareness for the Northwest Parkinson's community & Put Your Purple On! Don't forget to share your Walk Team & tag @NWParkinsons WalkForParkinsons.org #PurpleForParkinsons

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Roll Call

Thursday April 01, 2021

"It’s April, Parkinson’s Awareness month. It’s also Poetry Month. Put them together, and you’ve got Parkinson’s Awareness Poetry Month. That calls for a PD poem. A poem that is full of false rhymes and staggering meter, the better to give it that old Parkinson’s feeling. Fortunately, I happen to have such a poem right here. (Note: I assume all of you out there suffering from this disease are sufficiently aware of it, so this poem is written to those who are still seemingly healthy.)" Read more for PDS's Roll Call!

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