J3178

Honoring Tom O'Donnell and Rick Lipka upon the occasion of their designation for special recognition as "Heroes of Parkinson's"

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J3178


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Tom O'Donnell and Rick Lipka upon the
occasion of their designation for special recognition as "Heroes of
Parkinson's"

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality and character of life in the communities across New York State
are enhanced by the concerned and dedicated efforts of organizations and
individuals that generously contribute to the welfare of the community
and its citizenry; and
WHEREAS, Tom O'Donnell and Rick Lipka have given not only of their
time and energies but also of their competence, intelligence and leader-
ship, and consequently have been designated for special recognition; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Tom
O'Donnell and Rick Lipka upon the occasion of their designation for
special recognition as "Heroes of Parkinson's"; and
WHEREAS, Tom O'Donnell of Depew, New York, was diagnosed with
Parkinson's disease in 1988; Rick Lipka of West Seneca, New York, was
diagnosed with the disease in 1998; the two men lean on one another to
push each other to remain optimistic and push through barriers brought
on by the disease; and
WHEREAS, Nicknamed "Batman and Robin" by the Parkinson's community
because of their friendship in overcoming the disease, Tom O'Donnell and
Rick Lipka want those with Parkinson's disease to be able to feel
accepted in the workplace and prepare for the future while also being
able to revisit old hobbies and remain active; they are most known for
reaching out to newly diagnosed patients who need extra support to not
give up; and
WHEREAS, Tom O'Donnell co-founded the Parkinson's Wellness Group of
Western New York, where Rick Lipka went for support sessions immediately
following his diagnosis; and
WHEREAS, Along with helping individuals diagnosed with Parkinson's
disease, Tom O'Donnell and Rick Lipka also assist caregivers and family
with understanding the needs of the individuals with Parkinson's
disease; they assist those with Parkinson's in obtaining adaptive acces-
sories to be able to continue to live life in a similar manner prior to
diagnosis; and
WHEREAS, Both Tom O'Donnell and Rick Lipka are highly involved in the
Parkinson's Action Network, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, and the
Michael J. Fox Foundation; they are also involved with the continued
development of the National Parkinson's Foundation of WNY (previously,
the Parkinson's Wellness Group of Western New York); and
WHEREAS, On May 18, 2013, Tom O'Donnell and Rick Lipka were presented
with a "Local Hero" award at the David Phinney Foundation's Victory
Summit based on their nominations from groups such as the University at
Buffalo Neurosurgery and University of Rochester Medical Center; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be recognized by all the citizens of this great Empire
State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Tom O'Donnell and Rick Lipka upon the occasion of their desig-
nation for special recognition as "Heroes of Parkinson's"; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Tom O'Donnell and Rick Lipka.

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  • 31 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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