Leavenworth Parkinson’s group celebrate’s one year anniversary

Leavenworth Parkies celebrating Support Group's 1 year anniversary with friends and family members. Pictured, from left, front row, Tom Guthrie, Loretta Camp, Marg Butler, and Ted Butler. Back row, Leah Moats, Mary Guthrie, Dennis Nicholson, Jill Foss, Jim Foss, Judi Little, Katherine Degel, Deborah Ray, and Dave Lundin.

The “Leavenworth Parkies” (people with Parkinson’s Disease) support group celebrated its first birthday earlier this month. The group was the brainchild of Judi Little, who had attended a vibrant support group when she lived in Mill Creek. Once she moved to Leavenworth, she was introduced to Katherine Degel, and together they discussed the need for a local support group. They decided to hold their first meeting last April during National Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
To date, they’ve had a  guest speaker at nearly every meeting, which has included speech and occupational therapists from Cascade Medical Center, a chiropractor, a yoga instructor, and a massage therapist, to name a few. The primary goal of our group is to introduce Parkinson’s patients to available local resources plus provide an opportunity to spend time with others in our community that live with PD.
The Leavenworth Parkinson’s support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (10170 Titus Road). The next meeting will be held on May 8 and  is open to anyone who has the disease, as well as caregivers and friends. If you are interested in being a guest speaker or just want more information about the group, please call Judi at 425-870-2089. You can also visit our Facebook page (“Leavenworth, WA Parkies”).

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