Giving a gift that gives back

'Cul de Sac' is a book of cartoons done by several cartoonists in honor of one of their own who has PD.
‘Cul de Sac’ is a book of cartoons done by several cartoonists in honor of one of their own who has PD.

By Emily Harmon

If you have been reading our family blog, you know that we are big on raising awareness and money for PD. I have noticed a trend in the last few years.

It is getting harder and harder to think of gifts to get our parents for birthdays and Christmases.

A few years back, Kate and I were at a complete lack of ideas of what to get my dad for his birthday. We ended up donating $100 to the Michael J Fox Foundation in his honor. As he read the note that the foundation sent him, tears came to his eyes. Since then, we have made it a recurring theme to get gifts that give back.

We have donated to Team Fox events, like Team Fox mentor James Mangini’s 1000 mile marathon to companies who’s products give proceeds to PD organizations.

This year especially, our Christmas was filled with giving back and consisted of the following:

Bravelets– a leather and stainless steal bracelet that gives $10 per bracelet to a number of different causes. We each got one!

Star of Hope necklace– where $35 from each necklace is donated to MJJF. (Kate got one for mom thinking it was a surprise, but they had gotten Kate and I each one.)

Bravelets, Star of Hope and a Team Fox bracelet.
Bravelets, Star of Hope and a Team Fox bracelet.

Kate gave my dad “Team Cul-de-sac,” a book of cartoons from famous artists who adopted the characters of a cartoonist that was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and had deep brain stimulation surgery.

Not only are we gifting beautiful and meaningful items, but we know that in the end we are helping to find a cure. That is what means the most to me.

As a caregiver, sometimes i feel like there isn’t much for me to do to help. Now that we have found a new way of giving back, I think we will be doing it for a long time coming.

Any fun and creative ways you have found to give back?

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