You’ve probably heard the saying, “you learn something new everyday.” Well with Parkinson’s, sometimes I feel like I’m learning something new every hour.

Take for instance the surgery I just had on my left shoulder. Now I’m no stranger to surgery. I’ve had fourteen surgeries – including a more intensive surgery on my right shoulder a few years back. So I thought I knew what to expect from this last surgery. But I quickly learned that Parkinson’s changes the rules of the game.

I hadn’t even thought about the tremor I now have in my left arm, and how that would make it impossible to keep my shoulder from moving. For weeks I was in intense pain. I’m doing great now, and just started physical therapy. But the situation was a big reminder of how important it is to have information and resources to learn how to live with Parkinson’s.

That’s always been my vision for the Brian Grant Foundation – to be a resource for how to live with Parkinson’s. Thanks to our program advisors, medical advisors and board members, we’ve developed proven tools for improving the well-being of people living with the disease. Now our goal is to get them in the hands of everyone in the Parkinson’s community.

We need you to help us meet that goal. As 2017 comes to a close, I’m reaching out to you to ask you to consider a tax-deductible donation to the Brian Grant Foundation. And if you make a gift before midnight on December 31, 2017, your donation will be matched up to $20,000.

I know there’s a lot going on in the world, and there are so many good causes to support. So I personally want to thank you for being a part of BGF. I know we wouldn’t be able to do this work without you.

From my family to yours, have a safe and happy New Year. Brian Grant