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After four years of planning and three years of delays due to Covid, our farewell dinner was an emotional experience for everyone – the four people with Parkinson’s and those who surrounded them for eight magical days trekking in the Dolomite Mountains.
Hiking with grace and power, the team worked as a single unit – everyone helped everyone. Those with Parkinson’s pushed beyond their limits while those who supported them, including our guides, were inspired in every way by the grit and determination.
To hear what the trek was like from the participants, listen to the microcasts we recorded daily. These short audio recordings from each hiker gave voice to the trek from the inside. Listen here:
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 that exercise is medicine – exercise as challenging as it can be for people with Parkinson’s is the antidote to the stiffness, slowness, tremor and poor balance in Parkinson’s Disease….(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!
I am hiking in honor of my Dad, who persevered for many years with Parkinson’s. He walked five miles every morning, becoming a well-recognized and beloved member of his community. A wave and “hello” from Jack was a part of everyone’s morning. It was inspiring to witness his zest for life in the face of his illness. I am hiking to raise funds for the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego…(read more)
Ciao a tutti!
Thank you for coming to my donation page! I am now preparing to go on my third hiking adventure with my Power Over Parkinson’s! friends.
After tackling Machu Picchu in 2016, the Camino Santiago in 2018 and slogging through the COVID19 pandemic I’m training to head up the Dolomites in…(read more)
Buen Camino! That was the phrase I sang in 2018 when I first trekked with the irrepressible Sherri and some of the most amazing Parkinson’s patients and caregivers I have ever met. I was introduced to this group through my high school friend’s stepfather, Jim. He has Parkinson’s and was unable to go on the first trek Sherri ever organized…(read more)
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…(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 relentlessly with grace and grit. By taking the proverbial “steps” necessary to get your attention, my goal is not only to raise money, but also to uplift the spirits and support…(read more)
Beverly Blessent and Dave Siino
My husband Dave was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease over 10 years ago. He is a daily inspiration to me as he never gives up, stays positive, and continues to exercise regularly. In honor of him and all the other victims of this progressive disease I will be hiking in the Dolomites in fall 2020 as part of a fundraising effort to support the local Parkinson’s Association of San Diego. This is a fabulous non-profit organization who provides support, education and hope to the local Parkinson’s community in the San Diego region. (read more)
Celia A. Brewer and Irene McCormack
Hiking friends Celia A. Brewer and Irene McCormack are raising money for Parkinson’s research and participating in a Trek to the Dolomites in honor of their friends and family with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disease with no known cure…YET. Parkinson’s is associated with tremors, shaking, and other movement challenges. It can also lead to dementia. You likely know famous people with Parkinson’s including Michael J. Fox, …(read more)
I am very excited to hike the Dolomites with Sherrie and our fellow hikers. It’s going to be challenging physically, yet who better than to experience it with than this group of ambitious people! I’d never have an opportunity like this if it weren’t for Sherrie who pulls us all together to give us the experience and to continue supporting the Parkinson’s Association.
Pauline Wightman & Kathryn Mengerink
I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 7 years ago. Medications only treat the symptoms—there is no cure and nothing to slow the progression. To fight back against the disease I stay as active as possible and challenge myself physically with activities such as hiking the Dolomites…(read more)
Missy (Melissa) Paskoski
My name is Missy (Melissa) Paskoski. I am a retired high school counselor living in Park City, Utah. I have several friends with Parkinson’s disease and see that the need for continuous research, education, awareness, and programs for them is vital to their health and well being. I had the privilege to hike 75 miles in October 2018 along the Camino de Santiago in Spain with several of these friends.(read more)
Christina is a Physical Therapist in Encinitas at Scripps Memorial Hospital working with people with neurological conditions. She also runs an exercise group as well as a hiking group for people with Parkinson’s…(read more)
I was diagnosed on March 15, 2019. Sixty years is the average age of onset and I had just turned 60 years old the month before. The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego was there for me “to provide programs and services that enhance mind, movement and morale…(read more)
Jeff Seckendorf Hour Record Attempt
One of the most iconic events in bicycle racing is the hour record. It is so simple and so elegant: how far can you ride your bike in one hour. First attempted in 1873, both amateur and professional riders have stepped up to the challenge throughout the decades. There are world records, country records, and track records.
On August 1, 2021, at 7am, I am going to do an hour ride on the San Diego Velodrome. There is currently no track record for my age group, 65-69, so I will set one, giving all others a bar to try to exceed. My goal is to return annually to best whatever record is standing for my age.
As part of the fundraising efforts for the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego and the 2021 Dolomite trek, please donate on my behalf as I prepare to suffer mightily in the pursuit of a ride against the clock.
Dolomite Trek Sponsors:
Walllin Plumbing and Heating
Bill and Mary Jane Bagby
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!