My father, Kenneth Robson, has suffered from Parkinson's for the last 19 years and I have gradually seen the disease take away his ability to enjoy his biggest passion in life—baseball.
His commitment to the sport is so fervent that he brought his radio to a friend’s wedding because he couldn’t fathom missing a playoff game. He became a season ticket holder to the Red Sox in 1994, and many of my fondest memories surround my dad and the time we spent together at Fenway Park over the years.
In the last few years, my father’s mobility decreased to the point where getting around the ballpark was more a burden than a pleasure. He had to forfeit his season tickets and then he stopped watching and listening to baseball altogether since it served as an all too painful reminder of what he could no longer do, what Parkinson’s had taken away from him.
It broke my heart to watch my father’s health decline and I decided I needed to restore his love of the game by creating a partnership between Major League Baseball and the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF). NPF’s mission is to make life better for everyone living with Parkinson’s through expert care and research. They cannot accomplish this mission alone.
In October 2015, my family and I participated in Moving Day® Boston. It was undoubtedly one of the greatest experiences of my life. For the first time since I can remember, I saw my dad smile. I saw him interact with people, and behave as he did several years ago, before his PD progressed significantly. Most importantly, yesterday, I got my dad back, and words simply cannot express how that feels.
To register for a Moving Day® in your area visit www.Parkinson.org/MovingDay.