As Board members of Houston Area Parkinson Society, one of our objectives is to visit at least two HAPS therapeutic exercise groups each year. While many on the Board have direct experience with the effects of Parkinson’s, one of the things we can all lose sight of is how complex the disease is and how differently it affects each person. In spite of these differences, one common theme emerges from research—those who have Parkinson’s experience immediate, positive and often lasting improvement from exercise.
Board members were inspired by their exercise group site visits this fall and were extremely impressed with the physical and social benefits that HAPS classes have on those who attend.
With 170 of these groups a month offered in more than 30 locations throughout our vast 8-county service area, along with robust education and support programs, our mission to improve life for those affected by Parkinson’s remains unchanged. Though we currently provide more than 50,000 service hours through comprehensive programs each year, the consistent and collective feedback we received from our client base is that “more is needed." Our clients firmly believe that what we offer improves their wellbeing and increases their capacity to deal with Parkinson’s disease in a productive way.
During a recent organizational review, we committed as a Board to increasing the amount of money that we raise from $899,000 a year to $1.5M by 2020 to do more for you—more therapeutic programs, more support groups and more special programs dedicated to the changing needs of those with Parkinson’s disease. But we need help.
All of our programs are provided free of charge, but they do not come without cost. And HAPS depends on the generous support we receive from the community to provide the programs and services that fulfill our mission.
As we reflect on the things we have to be grateful for this time of year and usher in the holiday season, please remember HAPS in your charitable giving. Help us make a difference to the thousands of families who rely on our services, by making a year-end contribution to HAPS or becoming a monthly donor. No amount is too large or too small.
- $5,000 will support the establishment of a new weekly exercise program
- $1,000 will support the replacement of medical equipment or assistive devices
- $500 will supply a month of Parkinson’s medications
- $100 will support two round trip rides to a neurologist appointment
On behalf of all my colleagues on the Board, I thank you for your commitment to what we do and wish you happy holidays!