This spring The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) launched Tribute Pages to provide an online space for those touched by Parkinsonís disease to encourage and honor those with PD and to invite friends and family to share memories and support critical research.
One such page was created by Kyle Turner when his father, Vern, passed away. After Vernís PD diagnosis seven years ago, Kyle got involved with MJFF and began sharing his commitment to speeding a cure with family and friends. So Kyle started a tribute page for his father, giving others a space to honor Vern and extend his legacy through donating to MJFF in support of critical research.
Vern Turner was married for 47 years and the father of three. He embraced service throughout his life, joining the Air Force and then working as an award-winning elementary school principal in Indiana for nearly 35 years. Says Kyle of his father:
He was known for his love of education and the school's mantra "Thumbs Up!" Vern was a very positive person who battled Parkinson's with courage, humor and grace, never losing his love for life.
Vern touched numerous people in his life, including students and his greater community; many have joined Kyle and his family in sharing memories and their dedication to curing PD. Visit Kyleís tribute page for his father to learn more about the Turner Familyís powerful recognition of their father and husband.
With a Tribute Page, MJFF supporters have the opportunity to celebrate special occasions such as weddings and birthdays, honor those living with Parkinsonís and remember loved ones who have passed. The pages let visitors share photos and memories while also supporting the Foundation and research seeking improved treatments and a cure.†