Today is #givingTuesday. The entire day, I have received countless emails and requests from nonprofits requesting that I go online and support their cause.
Every nonprofit is important. They all improve the quality of life. They all are worthy of my gift.
But today, my wallet and online giving goes to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation.
Michael is the face of Parkinson’s and he keeps some high profile company: Muhammad Ali, Johnny Cash, Billy Graham, George Wallace, Robin Williams, Janet Reno, Charles Schultz, Linda Ronstadt, Brian Grant, to name a few.
They are the faces we recognize. They are the idols we follow, worship, enjoy watching their contributions to society.
But the face of Parkinson’s I see every day is that of my husband of 35 years and best friend for 40.
The man who is my hero. The face who loves his family…. Who worked hard to provide for us and until recently was able to do that without challenge.
He teaches me every day what it means to never give up. To know when to be private and when to speak up.
And speak out.
Parkinson’s is a disease that challenges your faith but teaches you that blessings appear in the most unlikeliest of places…. and people.
The face I see every day is the face that reminds me that Parkinson’s makes you a different person, it doesn’t make you less of a person.
It makes you more.
So much more.
Resilient, determined, disciplined.
Won’t you give today? Click here.
It’s time we face it head on.
We can’t fight this without you.
With grace and gratitude,
Julie & Dan