Japan 2024 Kumano Kodo Trek
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All donations are tax deductible and will be divided evenly between the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego to support services and education for the San Diego Parkinson’s community and the Scripps Foundation to help fund an MRI suite in San Diego to facilitate future stem cell replacement surgeries.
The trek is the Kumano Kodo, one of only two “caminos,” or pilgrimages, that are world heritage sites. This trek, in the mountains south of Kyoto, is the sixth international trek led by Sherrie Gould and Victory Over Parkinson’s. Earlier trips were Kilimanjaro, Mt. Everest Base Camp, Machu Picchu, Camino de Santiago, and the Dolomites in Italy. Each trip includes people with Parkinson’s, their care partners, and supporters. Although the treks are fundraisers for Parkinson’s-related organizations and projects, these hikes also give people living with Parkinson’s an opportunity to push themselves beyond their perceived limits. The treks are powerful experiences for all participants.
Donate on Behalf of a Hiker:
Sherrie Gould and Jeff Seckendorf
Courage, determination and commitment are three big words to describe what I see everyday in clinic and more importantly on mountain tops around the world. Courage to say “I can,” determination to believe “they can,” and commitment to “make it happen” by training for months before a climb. We climb to raise money for great Parkinson’s causes but more importantly we climb because we KNOW….(read more)
Alexander & Becky Trepte
I had a slight tremor in my left hand in 2010. Certain that it was nothing, and then it was something. I was fully diagnosed in 2013. It was Parkinson’s but the progression was thankfully, slow. I was only able to take one medication. As my tremor progressed to my right hand and jaw, I decided to have two Deep Brain Stimulation surgeries just a few months apart… (read more)
John and Julie Crawford
John is a lifelong backpacker and trekker frequently joined by his wife, Julie, during the past 40 years. When diagnosed a few years ago with PD, he didn’t let that stop him from finishing his one-item bucket list, hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail. Next is the Dolomites!
Marilyn McCrary Hanes
Originally I was excited to be a part of this as my father had suffered from PD in the 80’s and the treatment then was so limited it was heart breaking to watch an otherwise healthy person be so debilitated. Participating in the last 2 treks has been very rewarding and reinforced my original reason for hiking which was to improve the awareness…(read more)
Dawn Van Dyke
I am so proud to be associated with this organization! As a long-time supporter of the ongoing research for the treatment and cure of Parkinson’s, I am thrilled to be a part of the 2020 Dolomites Trek to raise money for the cause. I am inspired by those who are valiantly fighting this disease… those who had no choice in the matter, but who persevere…(read more)
Thank you for coming to my donation page!
After hiking Machu Picchu in 2016, the Camino Santiago in 2018 and the Dolomites
in 2022 I am now training with my Power Over Parkinson’s friends to hike the
Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail in… (read more)
Thanks for visiting my donation page! I am so excited to be preparing for my first trek with Power Over Parkinson’s. This great organization was started by my friend, the bold, energetic, and infinitely positive Sherrie Gould, and I am honored to be able to fundraise for such a worthy cause. I look forward to getting to know the other trekkers.
Lea and Michelle Fienup
Kon’nichiwa! Welcome to our donation page! We are a mother and daughter team committed to helping in the fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s. We have seen and experienced first hand what this disease does to a person and their family, along with the trials and tribulations they face…
I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate alongside Sherrie Gould in the latest Power over Parkinson’s fundraising hike to Kumano Kodo in the mountains outside of Kyoto, Japan.
For many years, I have donated to climber fundraising efforts, but I never had the nerve to…
Chris and Paul Schwan
In 2016 Paul and I caught the vision and excitement of an amazing group of individuals who hike in hopes of raising money for a cure for Parkinson’s as well as support the wrap around services and dedication of those who care for people with Parkinson’s. We felt extremely blessed to be part of the Machu Picchu trek and the Camino de Santiago experiences.
I’d been through a number of challenges in my life, but navigating a life with Parkinson’s and doing it solo wasn’t on the playlist. I also didn’t plan on the additional isolation that would accompany the pandemic beginning one year after my husband’s passing.
Early in my diagnosis with PD (2016), I found hope in the promise of stem cell…
A message from Sherrie Gould.
With Kilimanjaro, Everest, Machu Picchu and Camino de Santiago behind us, the mountains are once again calling our names! They are waiting there patiently for our arrival, this time to the Dolomite mountains in Northern Italy for a 8 night 9 day strenuous hike…BECAUSE WE CAN and because we will not allow Parkinson’s disease to define who we are and limit the lofty goals we choose to achieve!
We believe in fundraising for worthy causes, sometimes research, sometimes services and this time our team’s fundraising energy will go to the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego with so much appreciation for all they do for our local Parkinson’s community!
Watch for info on the next trek, sometime in 2024!