“My goal is to surpass the $115,000 that we raised in 2012, and I hope to raise at least $150,000,” Jarvis said.
This year, Jarvis plans to donate 10 percent of the money raised during the gala to the Parkinson’s Foundation of Oklahoma.
“They don’t fund research or treatment, but they provide services to patients,” Jarvis said.
So far for this year, Jarvis said, The Nicole Jarvis, M.D. Parkinson’s Research Foundation Inc. has raised almost $20,000.
“The thing about Parkinson’s, when you go around to tell people about it and you look normal, they are like, ‘What’s the big deal? Why do you need to raise money for that?’” Jarvis said. “It’s not just shaking and shuffling. When my medicines are not working, yes, my hands will be shaking and I will have a tremor, which means I can’t do surgery, which that is my job.
“But I also can barely walk, my leg will be dragging like a dead fish, my arm won’t move, my head can’t turn to the right, I’ll have nausea. People don’t really picture it like you are really incapacitated. The most terrible spells don’t happen every day, but some variation of that happens most every day. Parkinson’s is a disease of what they call on and off.
“You’re trying to be on all the time, but you’re not. So when you’re off, you are going to have some of those symptoms. You don’t know what symptoms you’re going to have or how bad it is going to get. And it’s sort of problematic when you’re a full-time mom and running a full practice. It impacts pretty much every day and all aspects of the day.”
To donate to The Nicole Jarvis, M.D. Parkinson’s Research Foundation Inc., call 701-2424, mail a check to 3201 W. Tecumseh Road, Suite 220, Norman, OK 73072, or visit the foundation’s Facebook page.