APDA Minnesota Optimism Walk Saturday, September 14, 2019 Roseville Central Park Jaycees Shelter 2540 Lexington Ave North Roseville, MN 55113
I am the coordinator of the APDA Minnesota Chapter, and I have worked with people who have Parkinson's disease (PD) for the past 3.5 years. We offer a lot of impactful services for people with Parkinson's across the state, and the service that's closest to my heart is our Patient Grant Program. Over the past 4 years, we have given out over $120,000 in financial assistance grants to Minnesotans living with PD. Our grants help people pay for medication, help at home, exercise and therapy classes, respite care, transportation for people who are no longer driving due to the effects of PD, and driving assessment tests. The best part of my job is hearing from the people who have received grants about how much the assistance has meant to them.
Here are a few quotes from people I work with who received grants--
"On behalf of my father and myself, we want to thank you so much for the grant my dad received, so he can participate in physical and speech therapy programs. It is so deeply appreciated as Dad is a senior on a fixed income. We can't thank you enough!"
"As a grant recipent, I am most appreciative. I am a member of Rock Steady Boxing in Brainerd, MN, and I have applied the awards to the monthly dues. Not only are we fighting back against PD, we have become a very close family of people with PD and caregivers, all working together as a huge support team for each other. Thank you for the monetary assistance in this fight."
"The generous funds you made available to me will help me take classes to improve my mobility. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"
"The grant allowed me to participate in Rock Steady Boxing. Through this program I have improved my balance, gained strength in my core, and feel more confident. Using the grant has allowed me to encounter others living with Parkinson's and given me a support network I wouldn't otherwise have access to. Thank you!"
We are the only organization in the state that offers a program like this for people like PD, and the demand for grants is constantly growing.
Our Patient Grant Program is exclusively funded through donations and the annual Optimism Walk. The more people who support the Optimism Walk, the more people we can help next year and in years to come.
I would love to see you at the Optimism Walk on Saturday, September 14, at Roseville Central Park. You can also make an online donation by clicking on the 'Support Me' button. You will automatically receive a confirmation email and I will be notified by email of your support.
Thank you so much for your generosity. It truly makes an impact on the lives of people with Parkinson's disease.