jordy Pascual and her grandparents

December 5, 2014 | by Darcy Blake | Jordy Pascual, a senior at Menlo College in Atherton, California was upset because her beloved Grandma Beth had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Jordy, who is usually joyful, didn’t waste much time in her negative thoughts. She leaned on her favorite Disney characters for the fortitude to do something quite admirable for Grandma Beth and the Parkinson’s community.

“All you need is a little Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust,” said Tinker Bell in the Walt Disney classic film. It was this whimsical inspiration that Jordy drew on to comfort Disney fan Grandma Beth after her diagnosis.

Jordy decided to form a team of Menlo College students to join a fundraiser walk event called MovingDay® in Silicon Valley for the National Parkinson Foundation on April 25. It is a fun and inspiring event that unites families, friends and communities both large and small in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. The event is a celebration of movement at Arena Green in San Jose that will feature a family friendly walk course of one, two or three miles, a special Movement Pavilion featuring yoga, hula, Zumba, Tai Chi, Pilates, etc. and other activities proven to help manage the symptoms of PD. The Pavilion and the walk is open to anyone who has Parkinson’s Disease, and their friends and families.

Jordy and her friends will dress as characters from the Peter Pan film to symbolize hope and encouragement as they walk in honor of Grandma Beth, and all those who have Parkinson’s Disease.

“I’m asking all of my friends to join me on April 25,” said Jordy. “Donating to the National Parkinson Foundation is a great way to give to the community. Grandma will be so delighted to see us all in our costumes!”

To join Jordy on the walk or help her with a donation to the National Parkinson Foundation, visit http://www3.parkinson.org/site/TR/MovingDayEvent/NationalParkinsonFoundationHQ?team_id=28660&pg=team&fr_id=1910, and look for Jordy’ team Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust. Registration opens at 9:00 am, the walks begin at 10:30 am, and the event concludes by 1:00 pm. For questions about the event, contact Colleen Fischer, Moving Day® Bay Area Coordinator, 925-421-6737,  cfischer@parkinson.org. Don’t forget your pixie dust!

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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