“We’re very proud that 89 cents of every donated dollar goes directly to Parkinson’s research,” said Haley Deal, Associate Director of Advancement for the Michael J. Fox foundation. “It all goes strictly to research funding and finding a cure or improving the lives of people living with Parkinson’s.”
Deal visited Arbour Square as a presenter for the monthly Parkinson’s support group meeting, which is held the fourth Wednesday of every month. “We discussed how the Michael J. Fox foundation started, as well as some of the current research that is going on,” said Deal. At the conclusion of Deal’s presentation, the Arbour Square Resident’s Association made a donation of $1,000. This donation was matched by Arbour Square resident and Dean Mininger, as well as another couple in attendance, for a total donation of $3,000.
“The presentation was very helpful in understanding the disease,” said Mininger, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 12 years ago. “It was a tough diagnosis for me to accept. It’s all symptom related; there are no blood tests for it.”
Mininger did not go in to the meeting expecting to make a donation, but he was impressed with Deal’s presentation and her knowledge of the disease. “I read about it all the time and stay up to date with it. She was very educated,” Mininger said. “You donate a dollar and you know where it goes; you can’t say the same about some other organizations.”
Mininger has been attending the monthly Parkinson’s support group since he first moved in at Arbour Square. “It’s nice to be there with people experiencing the same things as you; some people deal with it differently, but depression is common in people diagnosed with Parkinson’s, so they need that support,” said Mininger. “Being informed and staying informed is key.”
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