We've raised $10,214.00 so far!
Dolomite Trek 2020
This 8 night, nine day mountainous hike in Northern Italy is to empower those with Parkinson’s disease to know “THEY CAN” and to inspire others around the world with Parkinson’s to do more than they ever thought possible! This adventure will take place from September 5 to September 13th, 2020. Training for the hike will begin in April with a kickoff hike at Lake Poway. We will stay in a combination of mountain “Refugios” (huts) and in small hotels sprinkled throughout the Dolomite mountains. Whether you hike with us virtually (we will tell you how) or join us in Italy this effort will reward you with power, friendships and a huge sense of accomplishment for years to come. We are so proud to be raising money for the wonderful Parkinson’s Association of San Diego….not only will we be healing ourselves but our altruistic endeavors will reward this wonderful community we live in. JOIN US!
The cost for this adventure will be $1800 USD not including flights, insurance, personal things etc. The cost DOES include pickup and drop off from Venice Italy, English speaking guides as well as all breakfasts and dinners (lunch you are on your own).
Our focus for fundraising this year will be for LOCAL Parkinson’s services offered by the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego. Each trekker will be asked to raise a minimum of $2000 between now and September 5th. Any trekker can chose to pay this amount personally if they do not want to fundraise (but it really IS fun and people really want to support us all!).
Can't make it?
If you can not join us in Italy (due to space availability or otherwise) you can be a VIRTUAL hiker with your own fundraising page. Set a goal for September 5, 2020 that is something you are NOT doing now but vow to train for and accomplish by September 5. FUN!!!!.
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)
My name is Dr. Mindy Bixby and I am a movement disorder specialist working in the neurology division at Scripps Health in San Diego.
I am participating in the Italian Dolomite Treks to build awareness of the importance of moving our bodies and creating a healthy community.
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)
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.
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)
Thank you for coming to my donation page! This is my third hiking adventure with my Power Over Parkinson’s! friends. After tackling Machu Picchu and the Camino Santiago I’m ready to head up the Dolomites in Italy in September 2020
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)
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)
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)
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)
I am hiking for my mama, Elena Andrews.
Mom was diagnosed about 8 years ago. She inspires me consistently by her determination and dedication to her faith, exercise, and not giving up or giving in. My mom is a fighter!
She is a regular at Rock Steady boxing. Mom recently became a coach for boxing other people with Parksinson’s…(read more)
-Ben & Carina Kosacz
Grant and I are in awe of what you are doing!
so happy to support you...have a great adventure!
xo- Lisa & Gary
Proud of you Missy! Love from the Rhody hood!
Happy Birthday, friend! So excited for you and your adventure to come! What a wonderful way to support your mom. Ti amo!
To my beautiful daughter, inside and out.
You will have an amazing trip!!!
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!
Whether you join us in Italy in September of 2020 or choose to do a virtual hike we want YOU on our team!