Lockheed Martin’s newsletter features Emily and Parkinson’s

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.

Volunteer Time
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/

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Parkinson’s Cure Research Funding, Inc. (“PCRF”) was founded in November, 2010 as a non-profit corporation dedicated to raising money for Parkinson’s disease research and patient support. The corporation’s main fundraising event is an annual golf tournament held in April at the Lake Ashton community in Winter Haven and Lake Wales, Florida. Proceeds from the event have been donated to the Michael J Fox Foundation. Prior to forming PCRF the first golf tournament was held in April 2009 and we raised $12,000. The second tournament in April 2010 raised $27,000. Our next tournament will be held on April 7, 2012. At each of the first two golf outings, 215 players filled the two 18 hole golf courses at Lake Ashton. PCRF was founded by Bob and Cecily Harmon. Bob was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006 and is still very active playing golf and working to help find a cure for PD through fund-raising. He has recently been named to the Southwest Florida Regional Council of the Michael J Fox Foundation. Their mission is to drive ideas about local engagement opportunities to increase Parkinson’s Disease awareness, enhance education efforts and connect with untapped resources to develop the overall expansion of the Fox Foundation in Florida. The Harmon’s facilitate the Lake Ashton Parkinson’s Outreach Group which supports local Parkinson’s patients and their care partners. The group meets on the first Friday of every month at 10am at Lake Ashton and is open to the Parkinson’s community in the general public.

2 thoughts on “Lockheed Martin’s newsletter features Emily and Parkinson’s

  1. Congratulations! I know that you and your family do not do this work for your personal recognition but it’s nice when it happens. Thank You for all that you do.

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