October 23, 2014 | by Darcy Blake | When we were kids we got an enormous amount of satisfaction out of playing settlers. We imagined we had just landed somewhere in America and we were ready to step off the boat and build our new home. Aside from a pile of blankets stolen discretely from our beds for a makeshift teepee, we resolutely pounded acorns for mush, and searched for berries, grass salads and other edibles in the countryside of our garden. Everything we had learned in our history classes was transformed into a colorful, imaginary colonist manual that spurred us to new discoveries and accomplishments. As each day ended, crickets began chirping, and mom called us in one last time for dinner, we reluctantly retreated from our day’s handiwork, proud of our upgrades and eager to resume with our enhancements the very next day.

If you would like to cherish the delight of those days, have we got the deal for you! The National Parkinson Foundation is doing some settling of sorts. On April 25, they will be setting up in Silicon Valley to put on a Moving Day NEVER DONE BEFORE in the Arena Green East (San Jose). This event is a fun, inspiring fundraising event that unites families, friends and communities in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. That’s right, we’ll be the first group to try it in our area. And it will be whatever we want to make it. Now how exciting is that?

You could be a builder or an organizer or a vendor, or about a zillion and one different things and it would all be a first time for Moving Day in Silicon Valley. Then, as the years go by and Moving Day comes back stronger again and again, you’ll be able to say that you were the trailblazer. You set up your project back in 2015 with nothing but the desire of a settler’s dream and the camaraderie of some good friends from the National Parkinson Foundation to get you started. Now who wouldn’t like to try that, especially since we’re about to give thanks for the country we live in?

So what can you do? Think of the possibility of friends and family teams, or sponsorship and corporate teams. If that isn’t ringing bells, what about starting a team for the walk and calling it the The Good Ship Mayflower or Pilgrim Peggy’s Possee? What about helping with food, beverages, parking, entertainment? What about moving some ideas around for the Movement Pavilion? Or what about letting us use your teepee for a planning meeting? There must be some connection you have that will be super helpful for the day. You can always contact some of us National Parkinson Foundation Moving Day trailblazers, and we’d be happy to hash it out with you. You’ll have fun and do something monumental for Parkinson’s Disease at the same time. We hope you’ll join our group and we can build something great together.

If you have an idea for the Movement, please contact Colleen Fischer, Moving Day Bay Area Coordinator National Parkinson Foundation
P: 925-421-6737, C: 832-489-4500
Register for Moving Day: http://www.parkinson.org/home.aspx

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


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