Pam Hinton-Parker, a longtime executive of Little Switzerland, and her husband, Geoff, are training to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro next July to raise funds for the Michael J Fox Foundation, which works to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.
Geoff Parker was diagnosed with degenerative, debilitating neuromuscular disease, in 2006. A fit and athletic man, he has managed through physical activity to slow the progression of the disease, according to the couple’s web site, www.parkersclimb.com.
The Parkers are funding their own climb, and 100% of the funds they raise will be donated to the MJFF. More than 5 million people worldwide suffer from Parkinson’s Disease, says Pam, and by the time she and Geoff take their climb—with plans to reach the summit on his 57th birthday, in his fifth year of the disease—an additional 60,000 more will be diagnosed.
Pam asks the support of her jewelry-industry colleagues and friends to log onto their web site at www.parkersclimb.com and send the link to their families and friends as well.