No foolin’, take some time out to fight Parkinson’s

I know, I know it’s almost April Fool’s Day. I hate April Fool’s Day, and you know why.

Invariably, someone at some random point during the day will catch me on some small guffaw and I will be mildly irritated.

Small hmpf.

Or worse, someone will tell me a bold-faced lie which I will believe and then laugh aloud in my face, all under the guise that their malicious deceit was nothing more than an April Fool joke and I will be irritated by a considerably larger margin.


Man, April doesn’t really get a good shake, in the big scheme of things, does it? I mean, it kicks off with all that trickery and denigration – proceeds to (yikes!) Tax Day and all the while makes the loose promise that it will offer only inclement weather for 30-straight days.

Plus, I missed being a diamond (April) birthstone by four stinking days.

Grrr April.

Then again, there are some really wonderful things about the fourth month of the year, including the fact that is claims both Easter and Passover most years; it contains Earth Day; it’s known as Jazz Appreciation month, and it is also noted as the month in which we devote our attention to Parkinson’s Disease Awareness.

According to the foundation, Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Roughly four million people in the world, or one in every 500, are living with Parkinson’s disease. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms.

It is a challenge with which my pal Peggy Poole of Liberty is only too familiar. Some of you may remember my pal Peggy, a devoted wife, mom, nurse and overall inspiration. I told you about her last April.

She’s a doll.

Anyway, Peggy focuses lots of her energy on one specific and very important mission: supporting the annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk, a fundraiser which is taking place in New York City on April 26 this year. The Walk raises money and awareness toward the gallant and crucial research work being done by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundationto find a cure.

For her part, Peggy is the captain of a walking team called Moon-n-Stars, comprised predominantly of Trumbull County residents. They staunchly support the fundraising initiatives benefiting the PD Foundation and their individual team goal for this year is $15,000.

For my part, I’ll be supporting my buddy, especially in light of the fact that I lost my mother-in-law Evon to Parkinson’s early last November.

That’s why I’m so fired up to tell you all this great local fundraiser coming soon, which supports the PD Foundation. It’s called Pastas for Parkinson’s and here’s the 4-1-1:

It’s being held (as it was last year) at Station Square Restaurant in Liberty.

This year, it will take place on April 13, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

It’s a huge, all-you-can-eat buffet offering five different types of delicious pasta plus salad, dessert and a beverage.

They’ll be raffling off an iPad and other Chinese auction items, too!

It’s great food provided by great people for a great cause. What else do you need to know, capisce?

The event is so fabulous that, after reading about the inaugural session last year on the Walk’s website, a gal in Vermont began a similar event in that state, in honor of her sister who is also living with Parkinson’s. Told you Peggy was an inspiration.

If you’d like more information, please contact Peggy at 330-759-3459 or call Beverly McPherson at 330-856-4286 or 330-307-6144 to learn about the Parkinson’s Support Group in Trumbull County. For details on the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, visit

Please help us do all we can to dropkick Parkinson’s Disease right out of April – and existence.

Kimerer is a Tribune Chronicle columnist who hates Parkinson’s disease even more than April Fool’s Day. Contact her at