Hello! This is Sasha from over at What. No Mints?
Bonnie has graciously allowed me a little space here to spread the word about a charity event I am supporting called the Parkinson's Unity Walk, which raises money to promote the research and awareness of Parkinson's disease.
A few months ago, a woman named Bettina (who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 4 years ago at the age of 34) contacted me about collaborating with her and her team by donating some of the proceeds from my Dopamine Heart Pins to the Unity Walk. My immediate thought: Geeky crafts, plus promoting a great cause ... Yes, please!
For those who aren't familiar with the significance of dopamine to those with Parkinson's desease, it is the chemical in the brain that helps you move. In people diagnosed with Parkinson's, the brain stops making it, which results in symptoms such as shaking, moving slowly and difficulty walking. Oftentimes, a drug called L-Dopa (a form of dopamine) is prescribed to ease these symptoms - So it was appropriate that Bettina and her supporters wanted to wear this little molecule as they walked!
25% of the proceeds from each of the Dopamine Heart Pins I sell will be given directly to the Parkinson's Unity Walk! You can wear it proudly to show your support, and it's certainly a fun conversation-starter! You also have the option to purchase a custom pin in whatever color you choose.
The Unity Walk will be held on April 16th, so it would be wonderful if we could raise as much as possible before then - Thanks for your participation!