​​​​Nan Little

​​​If I Can Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Why Can't I Brush My Teeth?

Courage, Tenacity and Love Meet Parkinson's Disease

June 15, 2015                          GIVING BACK

Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in early 2008, I have used fast paced cycling (80 to 90 rpm) therapy based on research done by Dr. Jay Alberts at the Cleveland Clinic to forestall the progression of the disease, alleviate many symptoms and even reduce medication.

The results have been more than a little outstanding!  Doug and I have cycled RAGBRAI, the bike ride across Iowa, with the Pedaling For Parkinson’s mélange for four years, with me coming up on number five in July. In 2011 we climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with a group of people who have PD and MS, hiked to Annapurna base camp in Nepal in 2012 and trekked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru in 2013.  Last year we spent six weeks in the Canadian Rockies, even climbing to explore the World Heritage Site Burgess Shale (with a broken toe!).  These adventures led to my book.

Supporting this dream of helping Parkinson’s patients make the most of our lives, master cyclist and PD patient, Glenn Erickson, asked if he could make his annual Seattle area ride the “Glenn Erickson Pedaling For Parkinson’s Ride”.   The third GEPFP event this August 2 will continue to support creation and expansion of regional PFP programs.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Pedaling For Parkinson’s at the PFP website pedalingforparkinsons.org/  You can support either the northwest regional programs by donating at the Glenn Erickson PFP button, or the national expansion of PFP by designating Nan and Doug Little as honorees. If you would rather send a check, please make it out to PFP and address it to Nan Little, 1227 22nd Ave. E, Seattle WA 98112.  You can designate to which effort you would like your funds applied.