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


matt

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


jhc

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


Justin_racecar

Ashley and Justin Remus live in New Ulm, Minnesota, a farming community about 100 miles southwest of Minneapolis. They’re keenly aware of the lack of information and awareness about Parkinson’s disease (PD) in small towns and rural areas. In fact, theylived this lack when Justin’s grandfather was diagnosed with Lewy Body, a variation of PD,… Read More


Steve Snater

Life is bittersweet for Steve Snater. He is living with his parents so that he can be a caregiver for his father, who has Parkinson’s disease (PD). “It sucks in every way,” said Steve. “But it is wonderful that I can be there for him. “I had the most wonderful parents,” he said. “I am… Read More


Jean Spielman Housh is young, only 52 years old.  She married an “older man” now in his 70’s.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) six years ago.  That means that Jean’s husband, Al, is still functioning relatively independently.  But the reality of what Parkinson’s is going to bring is starting to appear on a… Read More


As so many others, Marie Dydasco – Walch has to “watch” her brother’s Parkinson’s disease (PD) progress from afar.  Marie is from the Island of Guam and that is where her family still lives. Her journey with PD began in 1976 when her father passed away from kidney failure.  Her father’s autopsy revealed PD, although… Read More


** For 17 years Barb Green has walked and volunteered at the Moving Day Twin Cities: Walk for Parkinson’s annual fundraising event sponsored by the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota (NPFM). Barb’s first walk was in 1997.   My dad was always a kid at heart. He did not like practical gifts. He liked to play sports and… Read More


Marcia Cotter

“My company is both a personal and professional thing for me,” said Marcia Cotter.  “My father-in-law was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2004, and he passed away in 2013 at the age of 85. His journey with PD is the reason my company specializes in caring for people with this disease.” Marcia was one… Read More


Dr. Stein is connected with Parkinson’s disease (PD) both professionally and personally. When Dr. Stein was in medical school, he did a rotation in neurology and that’s when he knew where he belonged. “What’s more fascinating than studying what is going on in the human brain?” While in medical school he also started to date… Read More