"The Power of One" by Victoria Cordisco

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“Daddy, why is your chest so hairy and your head so not?” a question I would ask constantly when I was younger.  And the answer still remains exactly the same: “All my hair left my head, and decided to fill up my chest.” To this I’d laugh, and he’d grin at me.  His crow’s feet crinkle with wisdom, his dark brown eyes are filled with whatever mood he’s in, depending on what medicine he’s on.  Eight years ago, Parkinson’s revealed itself in his life, and threw our family into a vortex.  And the advice of a neurologist led us to Dr. Alterman who works at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, and performed brain surgery in March to stop his left side from the tremor.  Yet just by looking at his 5’8’’ height, gray haired, tanned body, no one could tell what he’d been through, and still being brought through now.   But he’s my superman, and never failed to teach me to ski, to roller blade, to throw a Frisbee, to kick a ball.  And from his age of 54, no one would ever know he used to be an avid runner, running in the New York City Marathon 3 times and coming out in the top 10% his first run.  And still flying high, my superman doesn’t even fear kryptonite.

    In my English class at Rhinebeck High School, we were assigned a project called the Power of One, in which we were to work with a partner to do something to have a positive effect on the society and/or community.  The first thought that came to my mind was something for my dad and for Parkinson’s; to make people aware.  So together with my partner Catie Ely, we held a Staff Dress Down Day.  For five dollars, the staff could buy a sticker and poster, and on the Dress Down Day they dressed down, had to wear the sticker and display the poster somewhere in their room.

    Together, we raised over 300 dollars!  The inspiration from my friends, the dedication from my teachers, especially Mrs. Baird my English teacher, and the thought of my dad in mind made this possible.  I hope the money does the best for The Parkinsons Alliance.  Thank you!

Victoria Cordisco


The Parkinson Alliance is a unique non-profit organization in that every dollar donated by individuals goes directly to Parkinson's research. This is made possible through its partnership with The Tuchman Foundation — formed to foster philanthropic activities — and its "matching funds program." The Tuchman Foundation's main funding activity is supporting The Parkinson Alliance.

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