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As part of our virtual P4P Week 2021, we are focusing on the stories of the many people whose lives are touched by Parkinson’s. Check back on this page during P4P Week (October 2-9) for a new story or two on most days.

 
Friday - Brian and Mykaela Trees
Team Trees at the Baltimore Running Festival
Team Trees at the Baltimore Running Festival

Today's Parkinson's Warriors are Brian and Mykaela Trees. Brian Trees has been a dedicated Pacing for Parkinson’s team member, captain, and organizing committee member over the last 13+ years. Brian's daughter, Mykaela, is the current captain of Team Trees and also serves on the Pacing for Parkinson’s organizing committee.
 


 
Thursday - Cathy Rees
Cathy and her mom, Jeri
Cathy and her mom, Jeri

Today's Parkinson's Warrior is Cathy Rees. Cathy is a critical care nurse and yoga instructor at the Yoga Center of Columbia. She recently completed training for Yoga for People with Parkinson's Disease, where her mom, Jeri, is a regular student. Read Cathy’s story and be sure to check out her yoga video.
 


 
Wednesday - Andy Katz
Team ThunderKatz in 2017
Team ThunderKatz in 2017

Today's Parkinson's Warrior is Andy Katz. Andy is a longtime Pacing for Parkinson’s team member, captain of Team ThunderKatz, and active participant in programs at the Johns Hopkins Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center. Learn about what Andy does to help Parkinson's research progress and why he thinks Parkinson's is like a salad bar.  
 


 
Tuesday - Ed Piper + Mike Bruno
Ed Piper at left; Mike Bruno and family at right
Ed Piper at left; Mike Bruno and family at right

Today's Parkinson's Warriors are Ed Piper and Mike Bruno. Ed is a Pacing for Parkinson's team member and an athlete with Parkinson's who always likes to try new things. Mike is a caregiver for his wife, Bev, and they've been tackling Parkinson's for 24 years. He’s the Team Run4Bev team captain. 
 


 
Monday - Kathy Hobart + Bill Merritt
Kathy and Jim Hobart at left; Bill Merritt at right
Kathy and Jim Hobart at left; Bill Merritt at right

Today's Parkinson's Warriors are Kathy Hobart and Bill Merritt. Kathy Hobart has been a member of Pacing for Parkinson’s and has served on the organizing committee since 2014. Bill Merritt is a Johns Hopkins Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center support group member and has Lewey Body Dementia (LBD) with Parkinson’s. 
 


 
Sunday - Dennis Coady
Dennis and Joyce Coady
Dennis and Joyce Coady

Today's Parkinson's Warrior is Dennis Coady. Dennis is the owner of Forest Hill Health and Fitness, which is a sponsor of Rock Steady Boxing Forest Hill. Learn how Dennis became connected with Pacing for Parkinson's and his advice for the Parkinson's community.