Jerrold Beech – South Grey Bruce and Hanover
While a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease has a negative impact in virtually everyone affected by the disease, the impact it had on Jerrold Beech of Paisley was more of a positive one – it made him become an author.
Jerrold was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 12 years ago. It meant he had to stop curling with his friends (although new helmet technology may allow him to return), it took longer for him to do things, and he needed to adjust his eating schedule based on when he took his pills. But it also gave him the motivation to become an author. “I wanted to write things down that were in my head before Parkinson’s made me incapable of doing it,” Jerrold said. “Now I’ve written 3 books with another one on the way.”
Jerrold has been involved with the walk in Hanover since it started in 2008. He loves that the event helps to raise funds for people living with Parkinson’s in Southwestern Ontario and especially the social aspect of the event. “We’re like one big family at WALK-IT for Parkinson’s and it really creates a sense of camaraderie,” said Jerrold. “It’s great to see people that you don’t often see due to our busy lives.”
Jerrold is a self-described “people person”, and loves being involved with WALK-IT for Parkinson’s and Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario. It gives him a chance to talk to other people with Parkinson’s to teach them what he’s learned, but to also learn from them. “At WALK-IT for Parkinson’s you’re surrounded by friends and their families – it’s a great feeling to all come together to help each other through this disease and raise some funds for programs and research,” explained Jerrold.
Jerrold’s works, Stories from Lonefeather, Bum Wad, Bush Pickles and Take It Like A Man, are all available to purchase at The Northern Flyer in Tara, the drug store in Paisley and from Jerrold Beech at 519-353-5649. All profits from the sales are donated to Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario.
About WALK-IT for Parkinson’s
WALK-IT for Parkinson’s will take place on September 9, 2017 at Hanover Town Park in Hanover. Visit www.walk-it.ca to register and to find more information about Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario.