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Partners in Parkinson's

Saturday Aug 16, 2014
Tacoma Convention & Trade Center 1500 Broadway Tacoma, WA 98402

Join us as Partners in Parkinson's heads to the Seattle area in collaboration with us, the Local Presenting Partner, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation, to provide a full day of educational seminars and panel discussions. Speakers at the event include Mark Frasiser, PhD, Vice President of Research Programs at The Michael J. Fox Foundation, and Dave Iverson, veteran journalist and patient living with Parkinson's.

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A Walk in the Park: Team Parkinson's

Walk In The Park

Saturday, July 26, 2014

We had a marvelous time at the Walk in the Park on July 26! Thanks to everyone for Walking the Walk and making every step count!  Our goal to promote community awareness about Parkinson’s and raise funds to support the programs and services provided by Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation was far surpassed! Thank you to the over 260 walkers who helped make the day a huge success and took part in the festivities!

Kudos to…

  • Josh Kerns, from KIRO Newsradio for doing a spectacular job emceeing the event!
  • Judi Spencer and the NWPF Choir, the Tremolos for performing inspiring songs.
  • Angie Bolton for leading an awakening stretch that got us truly warmed up.
  • The 260 Walkers who came out to show their support for the Parkinson’s community.
  • Michael and Marissa from the Fox & the Gypsy for playing an amazing set after the walk.

Our local sponsors:

  • Upper Queen Anne Starbucks, Store 431 for supplying all the coffee to get us started. 
  • Whole Foods in Roosevelt Square in Seattle for supplying us with organic bananas for all!
  • Fedelta Home Care Solutions for being our Water Sponsor, and supplying all our water, especially on such a warm day!

And last but certainly not least, special thank you to all our superstar volunteers that worked hard and in the heat to make the day a great success!  Theresa Larsen, Bailey Larsen, Todd Alkema, Adrian Alkema, Terri Kelsey, Bette Jane Camp, Linda Kisch, Ken Kisch, Lisa Brudvik, Patty St. George, Barb Krogh, Miriam Perez, Joenel Perez, Curtis Haynes, Lori Alkema, Paula Alkema and Darrell Alkema.

And congrats to our “early-bird registrants” Christine Johnston Kelsey & Scott Filarski for winning the Seahawks tickets and the Medi-Spa Experience.  Woo hoo!

Join us next Summer for the Second Annual Walk in the Park!

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Take a Hint from PD

Tuesday June 24, 2014

It’s March, 2000. I’m lost in the Spandex of the Tour of Anchorage pre-race crowd. I gawk at all the super-fit athletes around me and try to reassure myself I’m prepared to cross-country ski 50 kilometers through the middle of town. As our pod of racers starts, I notice that they seem to be pulling ahead of me. It’s as if an invisible force is gently but inexorably drawing them forward. Or is it holding me back? Later as I chug up to an aide station, a woman watches with concern, and asks if I’m alright. No problem. I’m fine. Why would she even wonder?

I struggled on to finish hours later, blissfully unaware that in a little more than a year I will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

One of the hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease is slowness. Not just the slowness of the patient, but also the snail-like progression of the disease in most people. Of course, that is a good thing. With a disorder’s description includes progressive, disabling, and incurable, you don’t want to see words like rapid, swift,or sudden.

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