There is nothing like the special bond that exists between grandparents and grandchildren. That’s why, when a grandparent is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, grandchildren are often driven to help the cause.
At the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) we are often asked, How can I make a difference in honor of my grandma/grandpa with PD? In light of Grandparents Day this Sunday, we are sharing a few favorite stories from grandkids on the PDF team.
Get inspired and find ideas for making this Sunday special for your grandparent with PD.
Lea Dempsey, age 13, of Princeton, NJ (pictured at left, in photo one) designed the winning t-shirt for PDF’s Parkinson’s Awareness Month T-Shirt Contest this past April because, “My grandfather was the kind of person that would always help someone in need. I’m proud to see my design help raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease.”
Nathan Woolnough, age 9, of Sandpoint, ID (pictured at left in photo two) helped raise more than $700 for PDF this July by joining his grandfather A.C. Woolnough, Vice Chair of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, for Paddle for Parkinson’s in Lake Pend Oreille, ID. “I want to be the last generation living with Parkinson’s,” says Mr. Woolnough.
Alexandra Archuleta of San Ramon, CA, raised nearly $1,000 for PDF running the Oakland Running Festival Half Marathon because, “My grandfather is my favorite person, my best friend and my beloved mentor. I was excited to run 13.1 miles with a PDF racing jersey on my back through the very streets my grandfather served and protected as a firefighter-engineer for over 30 years.”
Do you have a grandparent living with PD? Here are a few tips for making him or her feel special, while helping the PDF team to #EndParkinsons:
- Send your grandparent beautiful eCard designed by an artist with PD letting them know you have made a donation in their honor.
- Put your passion to work as a PDF Champion, a grassroots fundraiser. Whether you host a bake sale or lemonade stand or run a 5k, our team will support you every step of the way.
- Raise awareness. Use the PDF toolkit (available here) including our free posters and educational materials to make a display or do a school project on Parkinson’s.
- Show support online. Share a photo with your grandparent on social media using #EndParkinsons and the #DoSomethingGrand set up by Generations United.
Happy Grandparents Day from PDF to all grandparents touched by Parkinson’s.