This Article was written by Beth Ferguson, Human Resources Business Partner at Emily’s workplace, Lockheed Martin. We are all involved in finding a cure for Parkinson’s and helping those with this disease through their journey. However, Emily has chosen to work quietly, without fanfare. Just because you don’t hear from her as often as Kate and me, don’t think she is not in this fight.
A few months ago, we asked to hear from you about volunteer work that is near and dear to your heart. Pinellas employee, Emily Harmon, Environmental Health and Safety Engineer shared her story about her passion for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF). Emily’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006. The diagnosis lit a fire within the members of her family which promoted them to start a support group in Winter Haven Florida. Emily states that her family sponsors an annual golf tournament to raise funds to support the MJFF. In addition to the golf tournament, her family participates in clinical trials and a Parkinson’s Unity Walk in NYC. In the last four years Emily and her family have raised approximately $140,000 and have created a website where they feature a family blog that documents their individual and family journey. Emily states that for Father’s Day this year, her family’s story went national when MJFF featured a story their website and from that post, over $9,000 was donated to the foundation and the Huffington post picked up her family’s blog.
We can see why Emily has a strong passion for her volunteer work and why it is near and dear to her heart. Thank you Emily for all that you do to promote awareness for Parkinson’s disease research and patient support. Have a moment? Check out the website. Our website: https://sites.google.com/site/pcrfinc/