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(November 12, 2013) - I think there is a reason fundraiser starts with the word "fun.”  That's what a good fundraiser needs to be. I recently discovered a good fundraiser also includes the words "dear" and "friends.” It is my dear friends who helped me realize that my fundraisers do more than raise money or awareness.  The spirit of love, community, and giving, radiating from my friends is so powerful. Their optimism gives me the strength to face this disease head on.  

On November 12th, my dear friends organized a Girlfriends’ Shopping Night for Parkinson's at a local boutique.  "Finally the Perfect Gift" donated 20% of the proceeds that evening to the Unity Walk for my team, Debina's Dream.  We shopped till we dropped, and raised almost $400.  Snacking on wine and cheese, three generations of women mingled in the cozy little shop, sorting through jewelry, scarves and sweaters.  I watched in awe at this wonderful sight.  My work friends, gym and long-time friends were all in the same room with my daughter and sisters.  And they came out for one reason.  Me.  

If I can say any good has come out of having Parkinson's, it has been this extraordinary opportunity to fully witness how many people really love and care about me. These strong women are sharing their strength with me, and are showing me the way I must travel.  If I am ever tempted to withdraw from life because of this disease, I know I will instead choose the path that includes my friends and family.  

So, if you are thinking of having a fundraiser, gather up your dear friends and you too will experience the healing powers of support, in addition to raising funds for research.

Debbie Flamini
Team Captain, Debina’s Dream