Today, March 5, 2024, I am celebrating my 52nd birthday. Like many people, celebrating my birthday is a chance to reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m going. Through all the highs and lows, I’ve always had friends and family to support me. When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I also had a chance to make new friends in the Parkinson’s community. I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating – meeting other people with Parkinson’s and making new connections in our community was the best thing I did when I was diagnosed.

Community is so important to living well with Parkinson’s that we’ve made it the foundation of our programs at BGF. Whether you’re part of our online community or one of the folks who comes out for our events in Portland, you’re important to us. You’re helping us build a community that supports one another to do what’s possible today.

If you haven’t had a chance to connect with your community lately, I encourage you to do so. You never know who you might meet – like when I met my Portland to Coast teammate Todd Vogt (in the picture standing at the very end on the left) who is a champion rower on his way to the Paralympics in Paris this summer! I’m proud of Todd, who is living with young onset Parkinson’s disease, for continuing to find ways to do the things he loves. Parkinson’s doesn’t define us and we’re stronger together.


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