MICHAEL LU'S "21st Duck"Category:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRO BOARD MEMBER
AWARDED 2018 “21ST DUCK” BY ANAHEIM DUCKS HOCKEY TEAM
October 2, 2018, ~ The Parkinson’s Resource Organization (PRO) Announced Monday that Michael Lu, newly elected member of the Board of Directors, was chosen by the Anaheim Ducks NHL Team as their 2018 “21ST DUCK”
MICHAEL LU, 29, was raised playing roller and ice hockey since age four in the Jr. Ducks program. He continued playing locally until being diagnosed with Parkinson’s last year. Even though he cannot play at the level he once did, he works as a hockey instructor in the Ducks Learn to Play Program powered by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, where he helps grow children’s hockey skills and love for the game.
Michael is also studying toward his Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology to counsel children with disabilities. Michael is optimistic and hopeful about life and his journey with Parkinson's. He works with the nonprofit organization Parkinson’s Resource Organization as a member of the Board of Directors and is making it his mission to take his diagnosis to help raise awareness for Parkinson’s to find a cure. Michael’s goal is to help inspire those with Parkinson’s, and demonstrate that the disease does not define him.
Kai Quinonez and Katie Hawley were the first two honorees of the club’s 21st Duck program. Both will be in attendance on Oct. 8, as Michael is introduced as part of the team that evening.
On Oct. 8 in the club’s 25th Anniversary home opener, the Anaheim Ducks will continue the tradition of creating a spot on their Opening Night roster for the 21st Duck, to honor a fan who embodies characteristics such as great perseverance, character, courage, inspiration or a fan who is making significant contributions to our community.
Parkinson’s disease affects approximately two out of every 1,000 people and most often develops after the age of 50. It affects both men and women and is one of the most common neurological disorders of the elderly. There is no known cause, and there is no cure.
Parkinson’s Resource Organization (PRO) is a nonprofit, charitable organization working, so no one is isolated because of Parkinson’s by disseminating information about Parkinson’s disease, providing educational and emotional support to the families of Parkinsonians through a network of support groups. “PRO” occupies a unique place among Parkinson’s groups by focusing on caring for the caregivers and bringing “Breakthrough” and “Cutting Edge” information to enhance “Quality of Life” to its groups. You can reach the offices of PRO at (760) 773-5628 or (877) 775-4111 (toll-free), 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 104, Palm Desert, CA. 92260, or click on http://www.parkinsonsresource.org/ for information on programs.