For years Stephanie hid her PD.
Eventually her symptoms made it impossible for her to keep her PD a secret from colleagues and friends. She decided that 2015 would be the year she would let everyone know she had PD, but she wanted to do it in a big way, with a big impact. She would start the conversation with Moving Day® DC.
Stephanie began her own Moving Day team, “Shake it Off - Support Stephanie” to spread PD awareness and beat PD. Managing her team provided her with a challenge and fundraising goal to work toward. “Like a dog with a bone, I used every resource available to get donations,” Stephanie said. She thought outside the box, creating team fundraising events like her “Shake and Bake Sale” or “Shake it Off Hula Hoop Challenge.” She began telling everyone about her diagnosis and educated them about PD. She would also ask for a donation that would help NPF fight PD.
Her former company, DAVIS, encouraged her from the start. In 2016, they welcomed Stephanie to host a Moving Day fundraiser, where she told her story to the entire staff. “My company supported me and was there by my side every step of the way. They are my family and stood by me at Moving Day® providing me with strength and courage,” she said.
As a top fundraiser in 2015 and 2016, Stephanie is already preparing for her third Moving Day DC on June 3, 2017, this time as the event chairperson. She is fundraising and growing her team so that on event day she can show attendees how inspiring and encouraging people with PD are.
“I want to help others learn to love and accept Parkinson’s in their life and make it their own,” Stephanie said. “Moving Day was there for me in the beginning of my journey and will continue to be a big part of my journey moving forward!”