Two holes in one, in eight days. This accomplishment is astounding to any golfer — for Bob Harmon it marked a special victory.
In a recent guest blog post for The Huffington Post, Bob’s daughter, Kate Harmon, describes her father’s unbelievable accomplishment and the inspiring way he and other members of the PD community are putting their positive attitudes into action.
Bob was diagnosed with PD in 2006 and has never let it keep him off the golf course. Since his diagnosis, he and his family have transformed his love for the sport into supporting Parkinson’s research. The Harmons host an annual golf event that has raised more than $200,000 for Team Fox. And their involvement doesn’t stop there. Bob and his wife, and their two daughters, all participate in clinical trials. Like many others in the PD community, Bob and his family’s support goes beyond action. His uplifting attitude — and that of others — spreads among friends and families as they encourage one another to take each day as a new opportunity to overcome challenges many never thought they would face.
Kate reflects on the importance of staying optimistic, setting personal goals and seeing each day as a triumph — even for those who don’t have PD. She describes her experience among those living with PD, and their loved ones:
But in the end, we as a family, are so very lucky. So lucky that when I meet people suffering through it, I wish I could share my feelings. I wish I could change places for a moment. Parkinson's is no joke. But I have been blessed to meet so many wonderful people struggling and persevering with the disease. Sure, it's not all pretty. But at moments, it's absolutely beautiful.
So much can be accomplished by remembering no one is alone. There is power in hope and positivity and as Kate noted “…I feel like there’s so much hope out there that all I can do is try and share it.”