Carolyn Young’s Story

Carolyn Young – Sarnia-Lambton Being a two-time cancer survivor, Carolyn Young of Sarnia was ready for a fight when she received her Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2012. She decided to approach her journey with Parkinson’s with the same fighting attitude and sense of positivity that she used to fight cancer. “I try to control what I can with this disease. Otherwise, it will become ‘the boss of me’ and I am too stubborn and determined to allow that,” she said. After... Read More

Pamela Nagle’s Story

Pamela Nagle - Port Elgin, Kincardine and Area A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease can certainly slow you down due to the multiple symptoms that those living with Parkinson’s have to deal with every day.  But Shawn Nagle of Port Elgin wasn’t going to let his diagnosis affect him and his boating business, Aqua Manufacturing and Marine.  He and his wife Pamela were doing a great job keeping it afloat since his diagnosis in 2010.  In 2014, all that changed wi... Read More

Henry Veenstra’s Story

Henry Veenstra – Oxford County Parkinson’s disease is not well-known or understood by the majority of Canadians. People don’t usually learn about Parkinson’s until someone close to them has been diagnosed; or, if you are diagnosed yourself.  That’s what happened to Henry Veenstra of Embro. Henry’s life has changed a lot since his diagnosis 7 years ago.  “I tire much more easily and have to watch my balance so I don’t fall, especially on stairs,”... Read More

Ken Woods’ Story

Ken Woods - Owen Sound When someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, it affects their entire family – especially those closest to them.  When Ken Woods’ wife Mary was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Ken became her main caregiver and had to make many choices revolving around her needs. Ken first participated in the walk in Owen Sound 5 years ago because it was important for him to help find a cure for Parkinson’s. “My favourite part of the walk is the com... Read More

Nelson Sleno’s Story

Nelson Sleno - Orangeville and Area When Nelson Sleno was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 15 years ago at the age of 48, it was more than difficult to adapt. There weren’t any events for Parkinson’s in Orangeville yet, he didn’t know of any services available and he didn’t know anyone else who dealt with the disease. Nelson was a teacher for 31 years, a high level competitive weightlifter, a practicing Black Belt in Karate, a downhill mountain biker and a golf... Read More

Laura Lampkin’s Story

Laura Lampkin – London and District Being diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disorder like Parkinson’s disease at any age can be shocking; being diagnosed before you’ve even turned 50 years old is frightening. This is the reality for 20% of those diagnosed with the disease, and it is not an easy diagnosis to accept. Laura was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when she was only 41 years old. It was very difficult for her to deal with this challenge, particularly as... Read More

Jerry McDonnell’s Story

Jerry McDonnell - Goderich Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Jerry McDonnell of Goderich just wanted to do something to raise awareness of the disease.  He didn’t really know how to do that until the prospect of bringing WALK-IT for Parkinson’s to Goderich came up.  “WALK-IT for Parkinson’s was exactly what I was looking for to help raise money for research and to raise awareness that there is a Parkinson’s Support Group in Goderich,” said Jerry.... Read More

Carol Stemmler’s Story

Carol Stemmler - Chatham-Kent Being diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disorder like Parkinson’s disease before you’ve even turned 50 years old almost always comes as a shock. At such a young age, this diagnosis disrupts your future physically, mentally, financially, socially and emotionally. When Carol Stemmler was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 18 years ago, she was only 45 years old. But she decided that she would not let the disease get in her way. She felt that beca... Read More

Peggy Easton’s Story

Peggy Easton – Brant-Norfolk Peggy Easton got involved with the walk 3 years ago with her two sisters, Lorrie and Sherry, to raise money in honour of their father who has Parkinson's disease. Peggy said it was important for them to get involved because “we see the daily impact of the symptoms of Parkinson’s, how they affect quality of life and progress a little each day.” An important goal of WALK-IT for Parkinson’s is to create more awar... Read More

Joe Renaud’s Story (2016)

Joe Renaud The Parkinson’s diagnosis nine years ago at the age of 44 knocked the wind out of Joe Renaud and his wife Sarah. What began as a twitch in his thumb turned into a world of questions, concerns and fear as they wondered what a diagnosis of Parkinson’s meant – and what it would bring. As they started their journey of education and discovery, Joe began to realize that perhaps the Parkinson’s diagnosis was not as bad as other news he could have received. Havi... Read More