Annual Appeal 2019
We are PANC!
Oh, what a day! Nine hundred and eighty-three of us gathered under one roof for one primary purpose: to better understand Parkinson’s disease. We learned, we gathered resources and we immersed ourselves in our very special community of support. For all of us, the 2019 Annual Conference of the Parkinson Association of Northern California (PANC) was a sure sign that OUR organization is doing something right. I say OUR, because together: every support group, every caregiver, every friend, every loved one, every physician, every therapist, every fitness leader, every person with Parkinson’s, together, WE ARE PANC.
When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 11 years ago, I knew nothing about it, but I did know I could not fight it alone. I was lucky because I found PANC. Over these past years, my involvement in PANC has given me so much. I now know a great deal about this disease, and I have met so many new friends who have encouraged and supported me on this journey. These are colleagues that I have come to know and admire for their determination, resolve, and the example they set for us all.
We all know that PANC is not about ‘the cure’, but it is about enhancing the quality of life for those of us with Parkinson’s. It is about supporting caregivers with understanding and love. It is about being sure that everyone who needs us knows how to find us. It is about learning that patience is required and that attitude is everything.
As you consider your year-end charitable contributions, I ask that you include PANC. Support OUR good work so that we all have a place to turn, for information, education, answers and support. This journey we face cannot be faced alone. The more we join together, the more strength and comfort we feel.
Thank you for your consideration,
Member, PANC Board of Directors
PANC Support Group Facilitator