March 2011 - Grandchildren Against Parkinson
Grandchildren Against Parkinson's
About 1 in 25 seniors over the age of 80 are inflicted with Parkinson's Disease. Many seniors living with Parkinson's disease, including my grandmother Laurie, are grandparents so I decided to form a team called Grandchildren Against Parkinson's. This is a way for children and grandchildren to work together and use their energy, love, and concern to help raise money to find a cure. As a walker and a team captain, I am dedicated to finding the cure of my beloved grandmother's disease. My teammates and I have raised about $40,000 over 4 years, in honor of those we love and care for.
I started this walk when I was 12. In the past four years, I have developed important fund raising tools, which I'd like to share with you:
- We ordered custom-designed T-shirts for all team members, featuring a very creative and fitting logo. Each year, I send out flyers to all my friends and family members, asking for their help. I use pictures that are personal, meaningful, and colorful. For each person who donates, I personally write them a Thank You note, to acknowledge their generosity.
- I have created a Facebook page to help spread the word about Grandchildren Against Parkinson's.
- I do individual fund raising by selling candy bars at school, and often, people make additional donations above the cost of the candy.
My team is growing slowly and steadily. Children and Grandchildren of Parkinson's patients are younger, have more energy, and are generally more computer-literate; all of these help translate into raising the necessary money to fund Research and hopefully discover a cure. We of course welcome all new walkers to Grandchildren Against Parkinson's. But remember, all walkers and teams belong to the TOP team, Team Obliterate Parkinson's!
Captain, Team GAP