Press Release: $1,494.00 AND THE MESSAGE “WE ONLY CAN’T IF WE DON’T”
On September 26th, Gail Simon elder advocate sought help from Doody’s Totoket of North Branford, to hold one of the national 2200 Premiere Parties celebrating Michael J. Fox’s love of acting and return to television. Together with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research TEAMFOX Doody’s Totoket and Gail Simon raised $1,494.00, almost $500 over the $1,000.00 goal.
The event-turned-fundraiser occurred when Ms. Simon, an East Haven resident, asked a local business owner if he could hang up a flyer. Small business owners from the community including Minuteman Press, MT Cobbler, Slice Pizza, Jennifer’s Ice Cream, Gene Allen’s Hair Studio, Super Wash Laundromat, Cohen’ Bagels and Just Buttons donated raffle prizes and services.
"It is very emotional for me having so many people from the community including those with Parkinson’s to be part of the event”, said Gail whose mom passed from Parkinson’s one year ago. “She always believed if you’re dealt a lemon, make lemonade.”
Researchers are investigating potential early symptoms one being a loss of smell. 7 in 10 people with smell loss don’t know it until they are tested. 96% of newly-diagnosed Parkinson’s disease patients have lost some ability to smell. 100% of major brain disorders are associated with smell loss. 1 in 2 people over age 60 are living with smell loss. Estimates suggest smell loss may precede a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis by up to 10 years. For more information about smell loss and Parkinson’s go to www.michaeljfox.org or if you are over age 60 contact the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative in New Haven at 1-877-525-7764 to see if you qualify to receive a smell study packet.