August 21, 2014 | by Darcy Blake | I’m in love with a pretzel. Never thought much about them until I met Heidi Rosenberg, the amazing founder of Pretzels for Parkinson’s! When I heard about her mission to “Crunch for a Cure” I bit! They educate people on the debilitating Parkinson’s disease (PD), and also provide a yummy treat to raise money for further research.
It began for Heidi Rosenberg with a simple question-“Mommy, why do Ninis’ hands shake, and she sometimes cannot walk?” Well, she explained, Grandma Nini has a disease called Parkinson’s that makes her hands and face quiver and also makes her legs very stiff. It is very painful for her to walk. She went on to tell her inquisitive five year old about the VERY SMART scientists that are working hard to find a magic solution to help Nini get better! He then declared “I will whip up my magic pretzels to help them make Nini better too!”
Her three boys had been dipping pretzel rods in melted chocolate and then twirling them in little candies for years calling them “magic wands”! They brought them to bake sales, birthday parties, sporting events, holiday celebrations and anywhere the kids could have an excuse to indulge in some chocolate magic!
“Pretzels for Parkinson’s” was born! Their mission is to spread their “Crunch for a Cure” motto with the intention of finding a cure for Nini and the millions like her who struggle every day! The “Pretzels with a Purpose” idea has since exploded! They have partnered with a famous Chocolatier to produce their high quality, handmade chocolate covered pretzel rods and ship them around the world! New flavor combinations appear throughout the year (specialty candy toppings, cookie toppings and more!) You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter and even submit your own confection combination ideas!
I’ve just found my online gift source. Check out their website, and like them on Facebook. “Pretzels with Purpose” is an organization that needs your bite-in! http://www.pretzelsforparkinsons.org/category-s/1514.htm
About Parkinson’s Women Support
The mission of Parkinson’s Women Support is to offer moral support, encouragement and camaraderie for women who are Parkinson’s Disease patients. Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonswomen