Our Team

Our 2018 Team

Frank Hagan

Frank Hagan
Frank

Support Hiker
Issaquah, WA

Frank Hagan has been an avid hiker and climber for over 40 years. He has climbed and backpacked throughout the state of Washington as well as extended outings in California, Wyoming, Alaska, British Columbia and Mexico. He has also trekked in Morocco, Nepal and Tibet.


Ken Kisch

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Sammamish, Washington

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Ken

I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s for six years now. When I was diagnosed, I thought my body was going to be on a slow and steady decline but I found after riding the Seattle to Portland bike ride a year and a half later that it doesn’t have to be that way. Through exercise, stretching, physical therapy and medication I have been getting better, not worse.  I took up downhill skiing again and yesterday I just went out and skied like I did 30 years ago. I have a wife and two daughters that see to it that I keep going and keep that dopamine flowing.


Brian Lorenson

Support Hiker
Spokane, WA

Brian Lorenson
Brian

A lifelong outdoorsman and Spokane native, Brian was inspired after seeing an interview with Bill about his deep brain stimulator (DBS). Since meeting this group at the kickoff for Pass to Pass in 2016, Brian researched and geared up for ultra light backpacking. Combining these two events brought him back to Bill to see how he could help out in 2017. In his spare time, Brian enjoys brewing beer and his 1970 MGB (separately, of course!). His plans for this summer include kayaking with his wife, Carrie, as much as possible.


Bill Meyer

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s – Logistics & Support
Spokane, Washington

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Bill

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2009 at age 57 and had DBS (deep brain stimulation) in 2015. DBS has controlled 90% of my tremors and reduced my medications by half. I have always been active in the outdoors enjoying hiking, rafting,skiing and fishing. I’ve logged over 1000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and rafted many rivers in the Pacific Northwest, Colorado and Alaska. My wife, Nadean, two children, three grandsons and my Pedaling for Parkinson’s coach all remind me to keep moving and enjoy life with a positive attitude.


Steve Peters and Noah Peters

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Support Hiker
Colorado Springs, CO

Steve and Noah
Steve and Noah

Noah is 22 and I am 55, we have both been hiking all of our lives, mostly in Colorado. I have had Parkinson’s for the past 10 years and have had DBS since April 2015. I am from PA and Noah is a native of Colorado, where we currently live. My wife and I have been married 31 years as of this July and we also have a daughter who is 28, We are both very excited and honored to go on this hike.


Derek Torry and Seth Torry

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Support Hiker
Upland, CA

Derek and Seth
Derek and Seth

Diagnosed 6 years ago at 40, I have Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. Like many of my fellow hikers, PD has pushed me to be more active than before my diagnosis. I’m an optimist who is eager to do all I can to make a cure for PD a reality and encourage other Parkies as they live life with PD. I’m on the board of the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center and Drive Toward a Cure. I volunteer as the Assistant Scoutmaster for my son’s Boy Scout Troop. This troop backpacks over 100 miles a year, we’re on the trail almost every month…and I’m usually on every trip, bagging another peak with the troop.

And I always backpack with my son, Seth. This makes him a natural fit on the team this year as a support hiker. In the last 3 years he and I have logged over 75 nights on the trail and over 300 miles. Seth holds the rank of Second Class scout and may be First Class by the start of this year’s trip.

We enjoy trailer camping and fishing too. I’m married to an awesome wife and we have a beautiful daughter who is 16.

My trail name is The Hulk, not just because of my massive muscular body (haha), but because I’m usually wearing a green shirt on the trail.


George Trifonov

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Redmond, WA

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George

I am 39 years old living in Redmond, Washington. Have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s for 1 year now. I have a wife and 3 sons, 1 daughter and family is my main motivation to keep moving and fight Parkinson. I enjoy doing non contact boxing classes to keep dopamine flowing. With this hike I want to raise awareness that Parkinson’s affect all age groups and help to raise funds for research.


Trail Angels

 

Dr. Jason Aldred- Spokane, Washington

Molly & Jamie Anderson-Aberdeen, Washington

Paula & Neil Blanchard– Mount Vernon, Washington

Jo Ann Fjellman & Cal Severns – Juanita, Washington

Patty Harold & Sally Friedman – Seattle, Washington

Pete Hendrickson – Bellevue, Washington

Kim Hood – Seattle, Washington

Brian Hyde– Colorado

Wes Isenhart- Black Hawk, Colorado

Dave & Jeanne Jarnes– Spokane, Washington

Mike & Mary Kimmich– Bellingham, WA

Linda Kisch – Sammamish, Washington

Tian Kisch – San Francisco, California

Carrie Lorenson – Spokane, Washington

Cathey Mayhew– British Columbia

Mary McMullen– Issaquah, Washington

Jeff & Mindee Meyer– Bellevue, Washington

Kathie Meyer– Burlington, Washington

Nadean Meyer – Spokane, Washington

Paul Norris & Sue Radtke– Bayfield, Wisconsin

Julie Slater– Denver, Colorado

Margie & Fritz Willits– Bellingham, Washington

A.C.  & Pamela Woolnough– Sandpoint, Idaho

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