PatientsLikeMe at 2009 Parkinson’s Unity Walk

Posted May 7th, 2009 by

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PatientsLikeMe was once again a proud sponsor of the 15th Annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk, held in New York City on Saturday April 25, 2009. On a gorgeous but hot day in Central Park, Jeana Frost, James Kebinger and I (Maureen Oakes) joined thousands of walkers and sponsors in raising more than $1.2 million for Parkinson’s research. As Lori said last year, “Unity” is the perfect word to describe this event. People from all over the world came together for a common cause and the results were staggering!

Getting to meet PatientsLikeMe members in real life is always a treat, and this year we saw old friends and met some new faces too! For me, one of the highlights was getting to see the amazing quiimg_73903lt made up of squares created by our PD members. Not only is it a stunning piece of craftsmanship, but it represents the spirit of collaboration that is so central to PatientsLikeMe. Members from across the country, many of whom have never met each other, shared their own artistic talents in their individual squares and the final product represents their collective strength, wisdom and passion. It was a great symbol of the power of our PatientsLikeMe community and all their efforts this Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Great work Team PatientsLikeMe!

PatientsLikeMe member moakes


4 Comments

  1. You know what It was a beautiful day everywhere that day and Maureen it was so good to see your smile coming down the walk. I was almost overcome time and again as people came up and introduced themselves from the site. Where else in the world could this happen. We have all become so close in so many ways. It’s been a hard year for all of us in many ways with disease progressions and set backs and yet “Look WHAT WE DID” The quilt was and is a huge success…Parkinson’s is not keeping us down…we are productive parts of society. Thank you for encouragement and help and for giving us a showcase for our abilities…love pokie

  2. Thanks, Moakes! It was great to meet you all there. I will never forget how I felt when we first opened that quilt up. My eyes are filling up with tears even now. As Pokie says “Look what we did!”.

    Hugs,
    Marian

  3. IT WAS GREAT SEEING YOU MOAKES. YOU ARE SUCH A LOVELY PERSON. WE DO RELY ON YOU A LOT. IT WAS GREAT MEETING OLD FRIENDS AND GETTING TO KNOW NEW PEOPLE. THIS SITE HAS GIVEN US SO MUCH. IT IS HARD TO EXPLAIN EXCEPT TO SAY THANK YOU. I AM LIKE POKIE WHEREIN THE WORLD COULD SO MANY PEOPLE COME TOGETHER IN FRIENDSHIP. THEY ARE SO DIVERESED. YES,”LOOK WHAT WE DID”. hugs, kathy

  4. I am the only guy to have a square on the quilt and I have 2 and collaborated on a third. See thearticle in our local paper about it at http://www.hcnonline.com/articles/2009/12/03/conroe_courier/news/parkie1204.txt

    I am proud to be a member of this group.

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