With arms waving and legs stomping, an enthusiastic crowd took part in Moving Day Rochester 2019 at Monroe Community College. More than 1,000 participants came to campus on Sunday, Sept. 29, to “move” for the Parkinson’s Foundation and helped raise more than $184,000.
The annual fundraiser combines movement activities (dancing, walking, boxing, yoga and more) that are designed to help people with Parkinson’s disease. Each year, 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with this progressive nervous system disorder and the Parkinson’s Foundation of Greater Rochester is here to help families dealing with the diagnosis.
Money collected at Moving Day will help fund education programs and support groups run by the local chapter. There is also research being conducted at the University of Rochester. The Parkinson’s Foundation has designated URMC as one of its 48 centers of excellence around the world and has invested $12 million annually to figure out what causes Parkinson’s, how to treat it and how to cure it.
Donations for Moving Day 2019 are still being accepted through movingdayrochester.org.
Many thanks go out to all the teams and individuals who collected money for Moving Day. The most successful individual fundraiser is Cindy Finestone ($5,634) and the No. 1 team is Rock Steady Boxing Flower City ($15,698).