My mom was a connector and a giver.
As the last of five children born to my grandparents, Mom was very close to her beloved big sisters, constantly looking forward to Sisters Day (or 3 days!) when they'd cram into one hotel room in Reno to stay up late laughing & playing slots. As she was close in age to her nieces & nephews, she was their auntie, but also their friends - and to some of their kids, she was Auntie Grandma.
Mom had an expansive and inclusive circle of tight friends, who over the years would do craft fairs together, support each other through motherhood, volunteer (for over 30 years at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop!!), host lunches, grab coffee, gab on the phone, play bunco. These were friends new & old. Her oldest friends she knew since elementary school. The love was deep.
Mom was the last of pretty much all her friends to have grandkids - and while she wanted so badly to be a grandma, she waited patiently for her own. She never rushed me (or my brother) to start our families. Mom always supported us & our spouses, in our careers, in taking our time. And when her first grandbaby was born (just a week earlier than Mom & Dad's 40th anniversary!), Mom was over the moon. She was so excited to spoil her granddaughter!
My daughter Talula and her cousins never knew their Gramacita without Parkinson's Disease. Mom was diagnosed in her late 50's, and while progression was slow to start, the last 8 years of her life brought on the worst of the disease. Mom still found the energy, focus and agility to bring out her craft supplies with Talula, and loved nothing more than sitting down to craft with her.
Losing my mom in December 2018 to Parkinson's Disease was a devastating loss to our whole family. We all miss her terribly, and we continue to carry her spirit with us. We find bits of Mom's light in music, kitchen dancing, crafts, sayings, stories. We find Mom's light in connecting, and in giving.
It was in this spirit that Talula (age 12), Mom's eldest grandbaby, decided at the start of 2020 that she wanted to ride the Tour de Fox, to raise money to find a cure of PD - so that no one else would have to lose their loved one to this terrible disease.
And so we ride. And we carry Mom with us in our hearts.
Thank you for your support!
(In case you want to learn more about PD & MJFF, keep reading...)
An estimated six million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) — a chronic neurodegenerative disorder. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease. As the world’s largest nonprofit funder of PD research, MJFF is working to change this.
MJFF is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.
Your gift will make a real difference: Tour de Fox Wine Country ride proceeds will go directly to The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s high-impact research programs.