A request from John:
Greetings to my fellow-Parkis!
I hope this letter finds you all healthy and happy this “winter-like-April”! By-the-bye, April is the Parkinson’s Awareness Month and, unfortunately, our wonderful families are well aware of the impact of Parkinson’s disease on us individually and on our families. Fortunately, I think I have found a way to increase our awareness of Parkinson’s and allow us to think about it in a productive and fun way!
A few months ago I was asked by the Jared Cohen, CEO of the Parkinson’s Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA) to try to raise some funds for their work. After I accepted his request, I came up with an idea. The PFNCA provides our group of Parkinsonians “hope.” So I designed a T-shirt with the words, “[in small letters]The Parkinson’s Foundation of the National Capital Area provides: [in huge letters] HOPE!” Except instead of the English word HOPE! I used the Italian word for hope, which is SPERANZA, which is a fun word to say. If you go to this URL you will find pictures of this gorgeous shirt and how to order the SPERANZA! shirts: https://www.booster.com/parki-hope-shirt
Your fellow Parki, John
An update from John—
For those who need just one more reason to buy shirts, tell your family and friends about the “Irish Connection to SPERANZA!”
As most of you know, I designed the T-shirt with “HOPE” in large sweeping letters, except instead of the English word HOPE! I used the Italian word for hope, which is “SPERANZA,” which, by-the-bye, is a very important name in IRELAND! It is also just a fun word to say. If you go to this URL you will find pictures and how to order the SPERANZA! shirts: https://www.booster.com/parki-hope-shirt
SPERANZA’s link to IRELAND: Buy an Irish Green shirt for the “2016 Irish Centennial Celebration of the Easter Rising” or simply for your “St Patrick’s Day” celebrations. There are important links between Ireland and SPERANZA!, which wearing a SPERANZA shirt make you the hit of any Irish gathering. Jane Francesca Wilde, the mother of Oscar Wilde, was also known as “Speranza.” After Speranza Wilde attended the funeral of Thomas Davis in 1845, then read Thomas Davis’ poetry, she was awakened to Irish Nationalism. She was a very strong woman in a time when it was dangerous to be one; Speranza was committed to addressing injustice where she found it. In addition, Speranza was a gifted Irish poet in her own right and instilled in her son Oscar Wilde a true sense of Ireland, and the rest of Ireland through her poem, written at the height of the Irish famine, “The Stricken Land.”
Oscar Wilde, son of Speranza, and an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet, was known for his biting Irish wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation—think Minnesota’s “Prince.” Wilde became one of the best-known Irish personalities of his day and would have been proud to wear a SPERANZA! Shirt. Oscar, son of SPERANZA, became one of the most popular Irish playwrights, we remember him for his epigrams, his novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” and of course his masterpiece, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The Irish Green SPERANZA! Shirt is perfect for anyone who claims or wishes to claim Irish heritage.
I speranza you will buy–and sell–some shirts to support PFNCA so that they can continue to support us. John