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Dear Brothers, 

I hope this finds you well and enjoying your summer. We are living in interesting and challenging times. I don’t want to dwell on the challenging part—you can read today’s paper if you are so inclined. 

I do want to dwell on gratitude, and ask you to spend a few minutes thinking about and honoring our dear brother and friend Jerry Herman, Beta Pi ‘72. Jerry continues his positive and dignified battle with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) which was diagnosed 14 years ago. Through intensive exercise with his trainer, Physical Therapy, a virtual dance group, as well as carefully monitored medications, he is able to maintain a full life and slow the inevitable progression of PD. 

In a few short weeks, on Saturday, September 11, Jerry’s family and friends are returning to Maine to participate in 2021 NEW ENGLAND PARKINSONS RIDE. I am very excited that the “HERMANATORS” team, made up of family and friends, will be returning for our 3rd year and will have at least 10 Hermanators riding for a cure with our goal of raising a minimum of $20,000, which exceeds last year’s successful fundraising. I am confident we can do it! 

Once again, I ask for your support for the New England Parkinson’s Ride: one hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) which is at the forefront of funding research to address symptomatic treatment improvements, as well as searching for a PD cure. The team is part of a worldwide effort of those who care deeply about expanding research and joining the fight for a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. More than 6 million people worldwide have Parkinson’s and it has become the 2nd most common neurological disorder in the US alone. 

We are deeply appreciative of your consideration and support. It will make a difference in fighting PD! To donate, please click the link below. . 

Thanks so much, 

In phi phi k a, 

Dave Edman