Las Vegas, Nevada
I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010 at age 47. I became involved in the Parkinson’s community through cycling after participating in a tandem bike exercise study with Dr. Jay Alberts. After that, I went on to ride RAGBRAI in Iowa with the Pedaling for Parkinson’s team and Ride the Rockies in Colorado with the Davis Phinney Foundation team. I love cycling and mostly ride tandem with my husband, Pat. I’ve also added yoga, strength training, and boxing to my exercise regimen. Exercise helps me stay healthy and manage my Parkinson’s symptoms.
My mission is to “leave no Parkinson’s person behind” by increasing information and peer-to-peer support in my community. A retired educator, I co-founded a local support group for people with Young Onset Parkinson’s in the Las Vegas area. When I was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I knew I wanted to approach this challenge in a proactive and positive way. When I learned about the Davis Phinney Foundation, I knew I had found exactly what I was looking for as a guide to living my life. It’s very meaningful and natural for me to talk with others about the Davis Phinney Foundation as an Ambassador because I wholeheartedly believe the Foundation can help make a real difference for people.