MOVE. LAUGH. CONNECT.
Thank you for watching A Tribute: Our Peeps!
We hope the video will bring attention to the movement disorder community and spread the message of Move, Laugh and Connect to those personally affected. We hope that the video will motivate people to support the many fine organizations dedicated to improving the lives of those with movement disorders. We hope that many communities will start classes in health/fitness clubs, churches, recreation centers, senior centers, hospitals, retirement communities, and nursing homes. We hope insurance companies will pay for movement disorder classes as therapy to extend the functional years. We hope there is A Tribute: Our Peeps II, III…
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change” Jim Rohn
The instructor was excellent and the exercises were very beneficial. There was a fun, social element, and I realized that something was occurring that would become very important. Friendships begin to form. We laughed together and cared for each other at a deep level, perhaps because we shared some of the same challenges.
As I reflected on why the class was so relevant, I realized that Move, Laugh, Connect, each were a vital component of the class. These collectively provided a strategy for our class to build on. The synergy of these three modules became powerful and unlike any previous program experience. I wanted to share this example with others in the movement disorder community beyond our local class. I sensed that we had hit on something special.
I realized that the most powerful and efficient way to get a message out is via the internet and especially social media. Since I am a “shade-tree musician,” I reasoned that if I wrote a rap song and produced a video featuring our class members; it may become a defining moment for others in the movement disorder community. I selected the rap genre because it is “happening” and typically not of our generation. This combination could be fun and entertaining.
From the beginning of this project, my wife and I were amazed at the support at all levels from the class members, the exercise instructors, fitness club staff, the music production crew, the videographers, and the video production crew. This project touched a nerve.
The class was unified and became a special team. We wanted to keep our message “organic,” so we chose to fund the video ourselves without sponsors. We wanted it to be heartfelt from people to people. It is for our “Peeps,” worldwide.
The filming of the video was a “hoot!” We laughed at and cheered for each other. Many people attended the filming sessions just to watch and support others. Everyone in the video has a movement disorder, none were actors. The strawberry tattoo was real! Not a single participant was harmed during the filming!
Charles & Susan
Scroll over the cast members to see their rap names!
Our Peeps: Spotlight
We’ll be spotlighting our peeps over the next few months. Please click below to learn more about Barbara Ellen Dixon Harris
“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.” Muhammad Ali
“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do you want to start a Movement Disorders Class in your community?
Churches, recreation centers, fitness centers, senior centers, retirement communities, nursing homes, and hospitals are all prefect sites, and there is little equipment needed to make it work.
If interested, we can help you get started with classes of your own. We offer remote consulting, which can include curriculum materials and direction, training, music and video support.
For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: Spreading cheer, inspiring.
Q: Is there a sponsor, government, or brand associated with Move, Laugh, Connect?
A: No, none have been solicited. This is people helping people. The message is not influenced by business.
Q: Does insurance pay for any of these services?
A: No, not yet. But it makes sense. This program may extend the functional years, eliminating or delaying the loss of independence. As the program grows, hopefully insurance will follow.
Q: Are you seeking contributions?
A: We are in the process of being confirmed for a 501(c)3 organization. We do welcome all contributions to further this cause now or later. You may contact us at email@example.com. We also encourage your support of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, The Davis Phinney Foundation and many other groups doing great work.