“A Box of Raccoons!” was the subject line on the email from my neurologist, Dr. John Roberts. He was a bit mystified: “What I got was a box from NYC with 6 raccoons in it, which is not something that happens every day but it was fun to see.”
My explanatory note on the packing slip was not very obvious, but I sent the Parkys as a thank-you to the neurology team at Virginia Mason Hospital, here in Seattle. I sent six so they could pass along a Parky to a patient or staff who might need a cheer-me-up. And Dr. Roberts reported: “The staff was certainly cheered up by the critters. My staff think they are very cute. We will put the Parkys to good use I am sure. Now I am getting excited about the WPC!”
You too can have your very own Parky and/or send one as a thank you to your medical professional. The cute little raccoons are a fund raiser to help fund travel expenses for a junior researcher or person with Parkinson’s disease to attend the World Parkinson Congress this September in Portland.