I am a little late this month but I know that my readers will understand that I had a few things going on last week and decided to just wait to do the monthly Comments for a Cause post until today. I know that everyone is on the edge of their seat waiting for the results for the month and the reveal of the new cause so let’s get to it.
The month of September I highlighted UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) as my recipient. UMCOR does it all. You can click here to read my post to get more information but this is one of the most genuine charities out there. 100 % of funds donated go to the specific causes that is earmarked as salaries and other overhead are paid out from a different line item. What a gift to know that each and every penny raised goes to disaster relief where it is most needed. UMCOR quite often shows up first and stays long after other resources are depleted. This was one of my mother’s favorite charities and she urged us to give to it as well. This month I am happy to report that we will be donating $122 to UMCOR for their efforts all across the world for disaster relief.
Many of my readers know that my Daddy had Parkinson’s disease. He passed away at the young age of 66 due to complications from this debilitating disease and it has been one of the things that has touched our lives and the lives of many others. There are many Parkinson’s disease related charities but this one is a 4 star Charity Navigator one that boasts a 87% of donations going directly to research. That is a great testimony to what they are aspiring to do.
Of course most of us know of the actor Michael J. Fox and his battle with Parkinson’s. He has been in the forefront of bringing a famous face to the disease and getting the information out about it. This foundation is a really great way that he is helping those who struggle with the disease. The website is filled with information. If you are not familiar with this disease the following information found on the website might help you a bit.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) occurs when brain cells that make dopamine, a chemical that coordinates movement, stop working or die. Because PD can cause tremor, slowness, stiffness, and walking and balance problems, it is called a “movement disorder.” But constipation, depression, memory problems and other non-movement symptoms also can be part of Parkinson’s. PD is a lifelong and progressive disease, which means that symptoms slowly worsen over time.
The experience of living with Parkinson’s over the course of a lifetime is unique to each person. As symptoms and progression vary from person to person, neither you nor your doctor can predict which symptoms you will get, when you will get them or how severe they will be. Even though broad paths of similarity are observed among individuals with PD as the disease progresses, there is no guarantee you will experience what you see in others.
Parkinson’s affects nearly 1 million people in the United States and more than 6 million people worldwide.
Join me this month and remember that for each comment made on any post during this month Chris and I will donate 50 cents to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
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