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Meet the 2021 Committee
Nicole and her father
Nicole and her father
Nicole Nicholson, Co-Chair
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, in my first year as P4P Co-Chair, I’m looking forward to helping everyone find different ways to connect over this very special cause!
 
Aliya Reich and mother Sara
Aliya Reich and mother Sara
Aliya Reich, Co-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. 2021 marks Aliya’s fifth year as co-chair of the committee, her seventh year on the committee, and her eighth year running with the team. Aliya has raised nearly $25,000 for P4P since 2014.
 
Julie Brown
Julie is a member of the 2021 Pacing for Parkinson's Committee.
 
Tom and his daughter Anna
Tom and his daughter Anna
Tom Cosentino
​I was diagnosed with Parkinson's in the summer 2015. During that time I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of people who have made a difference in my life. I'm volunteering with P4P so I can start paying it forward and hopefully help others. There's an expression that states "if you met one person with Parkinson's you've met one person with Parkinson's." I like to change that to say "you met one person with Parkinson's you've met one person who is a really good person."
 
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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 and her doggo, Snickers.
Shaness and her doggo, Snickers.
Shaness Grenald
I first learned about Pacing for Parkinson’s at a fundraiser event in 2018. I was inspired to join P4P because of my father who has been battling Parkinson’s disease for the past 20+ years. P4P has provided me with a wonderful community and source of support. This year I hope to make a greater impact while serving the Parkinson’s disease community!
 
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.
 
James Morissette
James is a member of the 2021 Pacing for Parkinson's Committee.
 
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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! 
 
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Mykaela Trees
I first joined the Pacing for Parkinson's Team in 2013 as Captain of Team Trees. I have been a member of the P4P Committee since 2019. My family joined P4P as a way to support my grandfather who was diagnosed with Parkinson's fairly young. My grandfather has since passed but we still run for P4P as a way to honor his memory. My grandfather was incredibly grateful for everything Johns Hopkins was able to do to support not only him but my grandmother who helped care for him. Being a part of the committee and Pacing is a great way to feel connected to others in the Parkinson's community and raise funds for those with Parkinson's who are involved at Johns Hopkins. I am excited for another great year with P4P and the 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!