Times are uncertain. Our commitment is not. For 47 years, Houston Area Parkinson Society has been the go-to resource for individuals and families living with Parkinson’s disease in our community. Our mission has been to ensure that no one faces Parkinson’s alone and we have been unrelenting in our efforts to accomplish this goal.
We need your help now more than ever to help HAPS continue to stay focused on this mission by participating as an underwriter of this year’s Eat, Drink, and Be Charitable, part event, part fun-at-home, and all fundraising for a critical purpose.
Four years ago, when Jerry was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease our world was turned upside down. We didn’t know much about the disease, but what we found online was overwhelming and frightening. We could tell this would have a major impact on our lives from that point forward. However, shortly after the diagnosis we discovered Houston Area Parkinson Society and a very different, inspiring view unfolded of how to move forward with vitality and hope. We quickly got involved in the programs HAPS has to offer. With the support of HAPS, we learned today’s new reality. Yes, Parkinson’s is a chronic, progressive disease that affects movements and other aspects of daily life. But critical to successful management is an aggressive strategy that includes medications, exercise, therapy and support. We have gained immensely from this involvement and want very much to give back to others like us, who need resources and care as we navigate this new life.
We are chairing this year’s HAPS gala because the cause is not only near and dear to our hearts, but because we know HAPS can totally change the lives of others like us. Please help us support their dedicated, life affirming mission.
Cliff Helmcamp and Jerry Jeanmard
*As we plan this year’s event, we want to be mindful of the number of guests attending. We are asking guests to choose their preference of brunch or dinner, should we feel two events are needed.