National Parkinson’s Foundation

What is Parkinson's?

Parkinson's disease is a long term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system. The symptoms generally come on slowly over time and include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, loss of sleep, difficulty walking, and emotional & sensory problems. Complications include severe dementia, depression and anxiety. 

Parkinson's usually effects people 60 years and up targeting men over women 3:2. Early onset life expectancy after diagnoses is roughly 7-14 years. Late onset is 5-10 years. In recent polls Parkinson's has affected over 6.2 million people and has resulted in 117,400 deaths. 

Currently, there is no cure. 

Why We Walk

For the past 10 years my family has dealt with this disease. Both my grandmother and grandfather battle Parkinson’s. My grandmother has had early onset Parkinson’s for the past 10 years and my grandfather developed late onset about 3 years ago. There is a 1% chance of both spouses getting diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. 

My grandparents are the rocks of our family. They played a major role in helping raise myself and my three sisters. They still do to this day, despite their ailments. Helping raise awareness and money to find a cure for this debilitating disease is a way of giving back to all they have given to our family.  


Every year my sister organizes our 'Moving Day' (Walk for Parkinson's) event and raises over $2,500 yearly. For donations go to:

20% of all Roc Made Goods merchandise and 50-100% of all table raffle proceeds are donated to the National Parkinson's Foundation of Western New York . Last year we were able to donate almost $2,000! For donations go to:

For more information about Parkison's Disease and ways you can help: