Welcome to Peggy's Fundraising Page
The diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease is life-changing. It is a slow, progressive, neurodegenerative disease that has no cure. It affects your motor skills and everyday activities of living. I have been living with PD for over fifteen years; I was diagnosed at the age of forty-five but I began to show symptoms of the disease two years prior. It has been a slow progression, but the effects are permanent and debilitating.
The Parkinson's Unity Walk is an annual event held in New York City to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson's research. Twelve years ago my daughters were living in NYC when they first attended the Unity Walk. They witnessed the excitement and positivity of the walk and encouraged me to attend the following year. The atmosphere of the walk is electric. Seeing others affected by the disease and witnessing the enthusiasm of their friends and family encouraged me to begin fundraising at home.
Over the last six years our team hosted a fundraising dinner, Pasta for Parkinson’s, at Station Square in Youngstown, Ohio. The owner and chef of Station Square, Ottavio Musumeci, generously provided the space and delicious food, and our friends, family and businesses throughout the Mahoning Valley supported our fundraising efforts. In 2017, Pasta for Parkinson’s raised almost $27,000 and our team was one of the top 10 contributors to the Parkinson's Unity Walk! Here is a clip about Pasta for Parkinson’s from the 2014 Unity Walk: https://youtu.be/8qa8AJIzv_Q.
This year we will be attending the walk in NYC and hope to create a strong team of friends and family. I am always amazed and humbled by the generosity we receive and look forward to what we will achieve this year.
Over one million people have PD; 60,000 are diagnosed every year. This is my chance to give people living with PD hope and confidence to fight this fight.
This is my life. This is my fight.
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