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Published By Kimberley Ladue on March 13, 2018

Right at Home has been a national sponsor of National Parkinson Foundation Moving Day for five years.  As an independent locally owned and operated Right at Home franchisee, our Durham Chapel Hill home care agency was recently recognized by the National Parkinson Foundation for our local efforts to support the cause here in the North Carolina Triangle. 

Following is an extract of an article recently produced by the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) about our team's work on behalf of this annual exercise event benefiting people with Parkinson's Disease. 

Right at Home Tent at NPF Moving Day NC Triangle 2017

“All the work you put into the planning is easy when you remember what it’s like to see everyone come together on the day of the event,“ said Ken, Right at Home of Durham and Chapel Hill President and Owner.

Ken Helmuth does not need to be reminded why he does so much for Moving Day NC Triangle. But when he saw his teammate’s four year old son, Leo, high-fiving people with Parkinson’s along the walk route, Ken immediately knew he’d be fundraising and sponsoring the event again.

“Moving Day takes a lot of work and collaboration, but anyone can contribute,” Ken said. We have a tight-knit PD community. We’re only five miles away from our Centers of Excellence (Duke Health Movement Disorders Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine).”

But Ken doesn’t do it alone. He works closely with Tom Arnold, Right at Home Wake County CEO and Owner. Combined, Ken and Tom are the largest home care provider in the North Carolina triangle area. They also co-fundraise for “Team Right Move.” Their company, Right at Home, has been a national sponsor for five years, including the 2017 Moving Day season. 

“A large percentage of our clients have Parkinson’s, and we see that number on the rise,” Tom said. “The Parkinson’s Foundation is a great organization and we’re happy to help contribute locally to the phenomenal amount of money raised for Parkinson’s research and resources through Moving Day.”

While Ken and Tom are teammates, they each find fresh ways to raise money for their team. Ken raised more than $2,500 in one night with his office fundraising party. Between door prizes, a silent auction that included a cruise and a wine pull with 24 bottles of donated wine, the event had a great turnout.

“Hot Dog Days” are Tom’s favorite fundraising event. He works with a hot dog vendor that visits Tom’s office complex in the months leading up to the walk. “People put the days on their calendars and are generous with their tips because they know their money is going to people with Parkinson’s.” Hot dog sales in 2017 raised more than $600. Tom even offered his office as a meeting space for the Moving Day committee.

“It doesn’t stop with national sponsorship,” said Blake Tedder, North Carolina Community Development Manager. “It wasn’t even a question if they were going to help us, but when and how. Right at Home is committed to our local communities and our cause and is always creative in the ways they show it.

The organization’s national sponsorship will further strengthen its North Carolina ties in 2018 as Right at Home Winston-Salem staff has already signed on for the new Moving Day Winston-Salem planning committee, and like Tom, has already offered their office as a meeting space. 

To Learn more about Moving Day sponsorship opportunities email movingday@parkinson.org.

“ Any way we can provide support  is a bonus. Moving Day allows us, as a home care provider, to be involved in the community we work in,” Ken said.



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