Mike Justak2

If you want to see Parkinson’s in a new light you only need to drive by Mike Justak’s home in Plymouth, Minnesota. He shines not one light, but more than 50,000 of them. For the holidays his home turns into what he’s dubbed “PD Shimmers,” a Christmas light show synchronized to music, in order to… Read More

Ross Collins, a physician, has an impressive medical pedigree. His great grandfather, grandfather, father, mother, and brother were all physicians, as are his wife, a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law.  Ross remembers listening to his father, a medical school professor, practice his lectures on radiation oncology.  “I grew up listening to my father’s lectures on oncology.… Read More


Steve was diagnosed with Parkinson’s (PD) 2 years ago at the age of 62. He has a noticeable tremor in his right hand and arm. “As others say, I probably had PD for a year or two prior to my diagnosis. I did go to my regular doctor in the spring of 2012 to see… Read More


Betty Strom’s (1930 – 2011) Parkinson’s story is told by her daughter, Monika Strom. Betty Strom was never her Parkinson’s.  As the disease made her world ever smaller, her courage and soul expanded.  A few days before her death in 2011 at age 80, she begged to join her neighbors in a field trip to… Read More


Terry and Jacque Capistrant have lived in St. Paul most of their lives.  Jacque attended Derham Hall and St. Catherine’s college and Colorado College.  She worked at the University of Minnesota libraries and studied interior design.  After raising three sons, Jacque put her training in art to use as a freelance interior designer and helping… Read More

Liz Ogren

Liz Ogren is a 5th grade teacher, Bruce’s wife, mother of teenagers Alex and Evan, and companion of her cockapoo Murphy. After being diagnosed with PD in 2007, she briefly became a self-described couch potato. Her family encouraged her “off the couch” and into a daily exercise routine. What a difference exercise makes! Orgren founded a biking… Read More


My Parkinson’s story began when my mom, Sharon, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when I was in high school. My mom is an ongoing source of motivation and inspiration for me because of her never-ending positive attitude about living with Parkinson’s.  She has taught me to ‘live in the now’ because right now, this very moment,… Read More


I am a wife, mother, activist, author and artist. I just happen to have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1998 at the age of 34. I believe that part of the reason that I am still able to be as active as I am after 15 years of living with this disease is that… Read More