Edie Anderson

Venice, Florida

Edie was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013 at the age of 60. She developed Parkinson’s symptoms after undergoing several surgeries and chemotherapy in her earlier battle with breast cancer. After a year-long “pity party,” Edie found the help she needed through a local support group, where she met another person living with Parkinson’s who shared his passion for exercising. “I became a workout junkie,” she says. “I have benefited physically, mentally, and emotionally from my active lifestyle.”

Edie is passionate about helping fellow people with Parkinson’s discover the benefits of working up a sweat by engaging in a variety of exercise classes and activities — her favorites include strength training, boxing and spin classes. She teaches Parkinson’s programs at a variety of Parkinson’s support group meetings, as well as educational events in both Virginia and southwest Florida. Her goal is to encourage people with Parkinson’s to find their “happy and then make it happen!”