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Team Parkinson's leaves July 8th for Kili climb

Thursday July 07, 2011

Monique Giroux and Sierra Farris

NWPF.org - Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation Team Parkinson’s Kilimanjaro leaves tomorrow to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Four people living with Parkinson's, two care partners and two NWPF board members will join eleven others with Multiple Sclerosis on a seven day climb of Africa's highest peak…..Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Climbing a mountain may seem daunting, but people living with Parkinson’s and MS face daily challenges that parallel those very same challenges of climbing a mountain in their everyday life.

Our climb symbolizes meeting these challenges head on with full determination to live life to the fullest and not submitting to the old myths associated with having a neurological condition. The power of the positive mind coupled with the support of caring people leads to more than climbing a mountain; it empowers people living with Parkinson's to live a life full of adventure.

Believing in yourself, empowerment through knowledge, feeling valued and respected as an individual are all the ingredients to living your best with Parkinson’s.

NWPF medical director Dr. Monique Giroux and board member Sierra Farris continue to surpass the status quo for their patients with Parkinson’s and with their dedication to lead the way in setting an example of expecting all that is possible from their patients and community.

With the combined efforts from all team members and through an amazing show of teamwork, the adventure has increased awareness for Parkinson’s and MS and shown that challenges can be met with hope, determination, courage, empathy and support from a caring community!

We invite you to follow our journey up the mountain. Several weblinks are provided on the NWPF wellness page that highlights the Team Parkinson's Kilimanjaro adventure.

The challenge extends beyond the mountain and does not stop at the summit. You can be part of the movement, help us spread the message to others and support this vision by joining NWPF’s own virtual team Parkinson’s Kilimanjaro.

Sixty six members have joined since our start on January 22nd, setting weekly exercise goals and together have made a difference and succeeded in reaching their own ‘personal summit.’ We now set out the Wellness Challenge as an opportunity for you to join the team and ‘climb’ with us each day, July 13th through 19th, as we reach for our personal summits.

“There is tremendous power in coming together as a group with a common goal. The virtual team is all about bringing everyone together under the common goal of personal wellness, reaching for newer heights, and making a commitment to living life to the fullest with Parkinson’s disease. With our team we can inspire and motivate each other to work toward our own goals or ‘personal summit- big or small’ and support each other to keep living our best.”

Find out more about the Wellness Challenge, how this challenge got its start, and how to follow our Team PD Kilimanjaro in their journey next week as we climb toward the summit and how you can be a part of this team. There will also be an inspirational celebration of the climb that will be scheduled upon our return.

Stay tuned and check in via the Wellness Center at www.nwpf.org/wellness.