HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - David Morgan loves giving tours at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's 10 years ago yet still gives guided tours at the center.
He remembers being with his dad and realizing something was wrong.
"We were walking along down the road, and I told him about my right wrist being kind of stiff. He said maybe it's nothing and I said it could be Parkinson's. He said, 'No, you're too young for that,'" said Morgan.
But after a trip to an orthopedic surgeon and finally a neurologist, the diagnosis was confirmed.
"I think people assume that if you have Parkinson's, you shake. That's not always the case," said Morgan.
He said no two Parkinson's patients are alike. Many have different symptoms requiring different medications.
He said Michael J. Fox has done so much, nationally, to educate others and raise money for research.
"I feel like I needed to do something like he has done, locally. Team Fox is a community arm of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research," he said.
He hopes to have around 300 people here, and he hopes to raise about $50,000.
Morgan said he thought long and hard about what he could do.
"I heard about this astronaut, Col. Clifford who flew his last mission two years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's," he said.
That was back in 1996.
With Clifford as a guest speaker, the Davidson Center as a backdrop, and the enthusiasm in the Tennessee Valley, Morgan thought it would be a great fund raiser.
"I would like people to be educated when they come out here. I would like to see people walk away with a sense of knowing what Parkinson's is," said Morgan.
…And how to fight it.
The benefit will be April 18th at 5 p.m.
For more information about the benefit or to purchase tickets call (256) 417-7192 or visit the website provided.