Althea Silver can hardly contain her excitement about Moving Day® coming to Boston. Althea is a Research Coordinator with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Movement Disorders Center, an NPF Center of Excellence, and has also been touched by Parkinson’s in her family. Althea’s father, Robert Silver, had Parkinson’s for 24 years.
Althea remembers that her father received excellent care, and part of her enthusiasm for Moving Day® Boston comes from knowing that it gives her a chance to pay it forward. “Moving Day® is a vehicle to make a huge impact. It focuses on what people can do, celebrates the Parkinson’s community and raises money to continue programs,” she said.
“It’s an exciting opportunity to let people know what’s going on at both of the NPF Centers of Excellence in Boston, Beth Israel and Massachusetts General Hospital.” The fundraising goal for Moving Day® Boston is $100,000, and 1,000 people are expected in Artesani Park to enjoy a day of recognizing the importance of movement.
The walk will feature a Movement Pavilion with Zumba, An ancient Chinese martial art and exercise characterized by gentle, flowing movement couple with breathing. Has been shown to improve symptoms of PD., Yoga and more, and, as Althea notes, the prospect of making friends in the local Parkinson’s community.
"That's what Moving Day® is all about. It's about the Parkinson's community and all of the options available to them. It's about all of us coming together in a big, happy, exciting way! The Parkinson's community is amazing, they always want to give back, and Moving Day® provides the opportunity to do that."
Althea’s wish for Moving Day® Boston is that by the end of the day, everyone will have had taken advantage of the opportunity to help themselves and others, and celebrate movement and the seemingly small actions that can have a big impact on daily life. Another way Althea has made a difference is by contributing to NPF's Team Hope community fundraising program by donating proceeds of her jewelry sales to the foundation.
To register for a Moving Day® event in your area visit NPFMovingDay.org.