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We've raised $19,768.00 so far!
We will not give up. NEVER give up! With the Delta variant we have chosen once again to air on the side of caution and postpone (yet again) our Precious trek through the Dolomites in Italy. We have pushed this out for another year and the NEW dates will be September 17 to September 25th. Same trek, same company, same route, same refugios and hotels, same goals of fundraising for the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego.
Training will begin in April of 2022 and ramp out throughout the year until we get on that plane headed to Italia!!!!!
So…I have several of our current hikers still committed but if any of you out there reading this are interested please don’t hesitate to reach out to me: CLICK HERE to contact me directly. I will send you all the details of the 2022 trip…same as it was in 2020 and 2021😄.
In the meantime keep ramping up that effort…remember, there are NO days off. Everyday is a day to be glad that we can exercise, stay healthy and not let Parkinson’s win the battle. We will not give up. NEVER give up.
Dolomite Trek 2022
The cost for this adventure will be approximately $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 of 2021. Any trekker can choose 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. Choose that physical goal you have always wanted to accomplish – something you are NOT doing now but will train for and complete by September, 2021!!!! Contact us and we will help you set this up!
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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:
I will be there in spirit! Just keep leaning forward…
good luck and so happy you do this for the PD community - Lisa
edward F. Rosa$50.00
Go Elena. Enjoy the walk. I can't do the walk but l be with you in spirit.
Hillary, Adam, and Valentino Gaddis$100.00
We are so proud of you, Aunt Elena!
I appreciate you !!!
This is from the Paskoski family for those friends and family who have lost loved ones to PD. We wish each and everyone a safe and wonderful… Read more
This is from the Paskoski family for those friends and family who have lost loved ones to PD. We wish each and everyone a safe and wonderful trek. Missy will not be able to join the group this year, but will be their in spirit and heart. Enjoy!
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!