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Meet the 2020 Committee
Aliya Reich and mother Sara
Aliya Reich and mother Sara
Aliya Reich, Volunteer Chair
Aliya came to be involved with Pacing for Parkinson's after running the Baltimore Running Festival 5k in 2013 and just happened to walk by the P4P tent. The rest was history! The P4P cause is of particular meaning to Aliya because both of her grandfathers suffered from Parkinson's Disease, and her mother has been coping with its effects herself since 2007. 2020 marks Aliya’s fourth year as co-chair of the committee, her sixth year on the committee, and her seventh year running with the team. Aliya has raised more than $15,000 for P4P since 2014.
 
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Chelsea Ganc, Center Chair
Chelsea Ganc is the Johns Hopkins Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center’s Health Educator. As a patient educator, Chelsea is responsible for coordinating outreach events and raising awareness about Parkinson's Disease. As this year’s co-chair, Chelsea hopes to bring a sense of community and empowerment to all those involved with P4P!
 
The Dreibelbis family
The Dreibelbis family
Dan Dreibelbis
Dan is a member of the 2020 Pacing for Parkinson's Committee.
 
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Sharon Eisman
I'm a retired legal secretary who worked at DLA piper for 15 years. My job was administrative in nature with strong client contact. I'm currently a volunteer at Upper Chesapeake Hospital in Bel Air, Md. I also started a scholarship fund for the University of Md Dental School. My husband suffered with Parkinson's disease for 15 years. Unfortunately, he came down with pneumonia, and his life was never the same. He passed away 4 years ago. We kept his life positive until the end. For these reasons, I'd like to be part of Pacing for Parkinson's and hope to make a difference. I'm looking forward to being a part of this organization as this disease touched my heart.
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Jennifer Eklof
I am an ICU trained nurse who has worked in the medical field for over 30+ years. My passion with Parkinson’s patients comes from my family’s intimate relationship with the disease. My father, uncle and grandfather all were diagnosed with PD. My grandfather endured PD for over 45 years since he was diagnosed in his early 40’s. My grandfather also was a pioneer PD study patient back in 1962. I currently work for AbbVie Inc. who launched a novel therapy for advancing PD in 2015. This therapy has helped more than 11,000 patients achieve a longer “on time” and less of the roller coaster ride they often experience. My dream is to be alive when the awesome scientists and most likely from Johns Hopkins University develops a cure for PD. (No pressure JHU!) We all need to keep the hope that one day soon this will be a reality!
 
Shaness Grenald
Shaness is a member of the 2020 Pacing for Parkinson's Committee.
 
Kathy and Jim Hobart
Kathy and Jim Hobart
Kathy Hobart
I came to P4P largely through running in the Baltimore Running Festival. My husband had been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s and I was searching for a way to DO something. As a result, I met many wonderful people associated with Pacing for Parkinson’s and from there it was an easy step to become actively involved. I look forward to participating in many events as well as become educated about Parkinson’s and an advocate for those facing the challenges of Parkinson’s.
 
Jim Morissette
Jim is a member of the 2020 Pacing for Parkinson's Committee.
 
Nicole and her father
Nicole and her father
Nicole Nicholson
I began running with Pacing for Parkinson’s in 2013 at the Baltimore Running Festival. My dad had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and I couldn’t think of a better way to help support Parkinson’s research than by doing something I already loved to do… RUN! Since 2013, I’ve moved away from the east coast and in 2018 I decided I wanted to find a way to connect with the Pacing for Parkinson’s community again. I became a virtual runner and I have loved getting to know people through my own races as they come up and talk about their own stories and connections to Parkinson’s. This year, I’m looking forward to helping everyone find different ways to connect over this very special cause!
 
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Jenna Scott
I love running and anything fitness related. I was so excited to discover Pacing for Parkinson's on the Baltimore Running Festival website in 2013. My Granny had Parkinson's at the time and it was an amazing way to feel like I was making a difference in the Parkinson's community and to have the chance to connect with  other supportive people who were in a similar position to myself. There are so many exercise programs for people with Parkinson's that I have learned about while running for P4P that I did not know about while my Granny was battling Parkinson’s. My hope in running for P4P is to raise awareness and education on Parkinson’s so that families and individuals never feel like they are handling this alone. When I feel tired or fatigued during runs, I think of my Granny and all of the other people with Parkinson’s now and it motivates me to never give up and to run even harder. This year I am extremely grateful to be a part of the P4P committee! 
 
Tim Snee
Tim is a member of the 2020 Pacing for Parkinson's Committee.
 
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Evan Thomas
My running life really began in 1983 when I was able to quit smoking and discovered an affinity for running. I joined the Annapolis Striders running club that year and ran my first marathon at the (Mean) Marathon in Baltimore in December of 1984. Since that time, I have completed 32 additional marathons and accumulated over 43,000 running miles. In 1993, at age 51, I qualified for the Boston Marathon at our club’s B&A Trail Marathon, finishing in 3:27:41.  That was my only Boston qualifier, but it was the beginning of another, and equally satisfying, journey – teaching a 10-week beginning running class in Annapolis from 1993 to 2012. From a small beginning, it turned into a yearly highlight for me and culminated in our being recognized by the Road Runners Club of America as the Outstanding Beginning Running program in the country for 2012.  A further highlight was writing a bi-weekly column on running for the Annapolis CAPITAL newspaper for 9 years.

I had hopes of running the equivalent of two times around the world, but after meeting my new running partner, Parkinson’s disease, it appears that may be a bit too far. But, who knows? Perhaps we will raise the funds that enable a breakthrough that enables the prevention and/or cure for Parkinson’s! 
 
Mykaela Trees, left, with a family member
Mykaela Trees, left, with a family member
Mykaela Trees
I have been a member of the P4P team since 2013. When I was younger my dad was a part of P4P and began running on the team again in 2013 with more of our family. I was inspired to join P4P because my Pop Pop had Parkinson’s. Johns Hopkins did so much to support my Pop Pop and it is important to me to help Johns Hopkins give that continued strong support to others with Parkinson’s. This year I wanted to do more for the team and am excited to be a part of the P4P committee!
 
And finally, though he's retired from the committee, we are forever grateful to our Founding Chair, Paul DeLuca!
Paul DeLuca, along with daughter Grace and wife Shellie
Paul DeLuca, along with daughter Grace and wife Shellie
I decided to get involved in Pacing for Parkinson’s because the need was genuine.  The JHU PDMD center is committed to improving the lives of PD patients and their families.  The challenge to do more is always there, and if we can help to enable even a few more programs it is well worth my time. This organization allows me to not only give back to an organization that benefitted my family tremendously, but also gives me an extreme amount of personal satisfaction that I am somehow able to bring those affected by Parkinson’s Disease closer as a community so that they can help each other.
 
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Thank you from the faculty & staff at the Johns Hopkins Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center!

We hope to see you on October 17, 2020!