Nebraska’s first-ever Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day took place on April 28, 2018 at Stinson Park in Omaha, Nebraska.
Drawing more than 480 people, including those with Parkinson’s disease, their families and volunteers, the event raised $65,332 toward research for a Parkinson’s cure.
Many staff members of Life Care Center of Elkhorn served on the local committee. The committee, together with the National Parkinson’s Foundation, worked for months to ensure a successful day.
The Resource Pavilion had national and local vendors providing information to those with Parkinson’s, including CHI Health at Home, Home Care Assistance of Omaha, Nebraska Medicine, Life Care Center of Elkhorn, Remington Heights Retirement as well as many other resources.
The Movement Pavilion hosted demonstrations throughout the morning of local exercise classes from groups including Live it UP, LOUD Crowd, Delay the Disease, PWR!MOVES, Rock Steady Boxing and Dance for Parkinson’s. During these demonstrations, people with Parkinson’s and their families were able to actively participate in a 15 – 20 minute class highlighting the tactics and goals of the class.
The Kid Zone Pavilion provided a space for kids of all ages to enjoy various yard games, balloon animals from Miss Pockets the clown and a bag of popcorn.
Life Care Center of Elkhorn associates spent months preparing, finding local sponsors and gathering donations from local businesses of food, water and supplies. They also led a team to walk in the event. The facility’s support group teamed up to fight Parkinson’s with a team named “Dopadestrians” and raised more than $1,800.
The funds raised from the Moving Day Walk will go toward better serving the Nebraska Parkinson’s community by providing expert care through free resources, Aware in Care hospitalization kits, education books and a free helpline addressing Parkinson’s questions. Funds also help the foundation continue cutting-edge research.