Our Team

Our 2021 Teams

Donna and Fred Austin

Support Hikers
Seattle, WA

Gerald Basset

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Wenatchee, WA


Support Hiker
Seattle, WA

David Baumgart has been hiking, backpacking, and mountain climbing ever since a family outing to Colorado when he was 17. His favorite mountain is Mt. Rainier which he finally summited on his 5th attempt. David is a volunteer hiking leader for his church, his community, and the Northwest Parkinson’s Association. He always advises his hiking partners, Rule #1 is to stay within their safety comfort zone, and Rule #2 – have fun. His mantra is: “So Many Hikes, so little time.” David is a professional Sr. Project Manager, working for the City of Seattle. David’s wife, Ruth, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s since 2016. They continue to enjoy hiking and backpacking – and their shared adventures as they explore our world. She agrees: their favorite hike is the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier.

Robert Betts

Support Hiker
Long Beach, CA

Steve Blevins

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Oklahoma City, OK

Jan Boyer

Support Hiker
Ridgefield, WA

Mike Calbaum

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker            MikeCalbaumpic
Heartland, WI

I am a 57 year old engineering manager from Wisconsin which, of course, makes me a Green Bay Packers fan.  I have been married to my wife Laurie for 31 years. We have 3 children, a 16 year old daughter in her sophomore year of high school, a 25 year old daughter that graduates from veterinary school in May and a son that graduated from college last year and works for Kohl’s as a data analyst.

I have been on 6 or 7 short, 2 to 3 day backpacking trips in New Mexico, Utah and Michigan over the years but have never been on a hike as long as this one. I am really looking forward to it. This will be my longest backpacking trip in both days and miles. I like to keep busy playing golf, hiking, biking, hunting, kayaking and skiing or anything that involves being outdoors and active. I was diagnosed with PD in 2011 and I am scheduled for DBS a few months before the trip.

I look on every day as my personal battle with PD. I win every day that I do not let it define me or prevent me from doing the things that I love. I look forward to spending a week with other Parkies and seeing them win their personal battles.


Eleanor Canning    e.canning

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Babylon, NY

Diagnosed in 2010, I am now 66 years old, a retired registered nurse and managing Parkinson’s with exercise and medication. Life long New Yorker I have enjoyed our state and national parks for outdoor activities. My overnight backpacking experience was many years ago and I am looking forward to hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

When I learned of Passtopass I was intrigued by the beauty of the setting and the challenge. I was also energized by the opportunity to expand my exercise plan around building skills useful for backpacking. I have learned that the best way to keep the Parkinsons at bay is to exercise frequently and with diversity. I have a supportive family, my husband, 2 sons, daughter in law and a grandson that encourage me every day. Photo is taken at the Fire Island National Seashore in New York State where I often walk with my friends. Long Island is beautiful and very flat, I imagine it’s going to be very different on the Pacific Crest Trail. I’m searching Long Island for hilly terrain. Yesterday I made my first investment for this trip-a pair of serious hiking boots. I’m looking forward to the challenge.


John and Martha Carlin

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s
Support Hiker

Rich Denman and Julia Chapman

Living LARGE With Parkinson’s
Support Hiker
Portland, OR

Richard Deyo

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Seattle, WA

Scott Edson

Support Hiker
Hamilton , MT

Mark Eisenger

Support Hiker
Hailey, ID

Jim Gerner

Support Hiker

Barbara Hackett

Support Hiker
Fort Myers, FL

Diane S. HagedornDianne

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s
Tacoma, WA

In 2014, at age 42, my nearly six-year medical mystery was solved: young-onset Parkinson’s disease.

For me, diagnosis and appropriate medication and treatment meant I regained some physical function: I had gone from walking five miles a day to literally not being able to walk around the block. (You can read more about my Parkinson’s journey at https://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/blog/my-long-journey-to-a-parkinsons-diagnosis/ and https://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/blog/working-full-time-with-yopd/.)

About six months before my Parkinson’s diagnosis, I set a goal to walk a mile. I far exceeded that in 2019 with the Pass to Pass group.

To me, living large with Parkinson’s means doing as much as I can for as long as I can, including continuing in my career, spending quality time with family and friends, and taking on new challenges.

My childhood was filled with many hours outdoors trail riding on horseback with my 4-H club and Backcountry Horsemen. From those experiences I learned patience, perseverance and the importance of preparation. Those lessons continue to serve me well. I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces and making new memories on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Suzanne and Paul Haidri

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Support Hiker
Vancouver, WA

Terry Hopkins

Livinf LARGE With Parkinson’s Hiker
San Luis Obispo, CA

I am a native Californian and live with my husband in San Luis Obispo. Located on the coast mid-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the temperate SLO climate allows us to be outdoors and active all year long——great “medicine” for Parkinson’s disease. In addition to walking the dog and hiking, I enjoy quilting, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Jerry Jones

Support Hiker
Portland, OR

Daniel KovachDaniel Kovach (2)

Support Hiker
Renton, WA

Hi, I’m originally from Cleveland Ohio, but have made the west my home for much of my life. I split time between Seattle and Salt Lake City, balancing work and family. I am an avid skier and mountain hiker, and look forward to my first multi-day backpacking adventure. I have also been a long-time PSIA ski instructor, teaching in Ohio, Vermont and Washington (with Outdoors-for-all, a wonderful organization). I have a personal relationship with Parkinson’s, having been a long-term caregiver in the past. The courage and grit exhibited by the Parkies I’ve crossed paths with over the years have been a constant source of inspiration. Looking forward to this next adventure! And GO BROWNS

Linda Lee


Support Hiker
Marysville, WA

My dad moved our family from Florida to Western Washington when I was 8 years old. I vividly remember my grandmother crying and my dad telling her we would give it a year and then move back. Well, my dad instantly fell in love with the mountains and the Puget Sound and needless to say we never moved back to Florida! I grew up backpacking and sailing with my dad.

I have a passion for backpacking and am committed to the benefits of exercise on the aging and disease process. My family has a history of Parkinson’s disease, so when I learned about PasstoPass, I was excited to become involved. I find so much inspiration in watching others push through challenges to continue to live a full and adventurous life. I want to live with that same strength, determination and vitality no matter what comes my way. I am looking forward to sharing the love of the mountains, the love of adventure and the love of a challenge with others on the PasstoPass hikes this summer!

Eric Matson

Support Hiker

Bellevue, WA

Bill Meyer

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s – Logistics & Support IMG_2170
Spokane, WA

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 Moody

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Seattle, WA

Nicole Pan

Support Hiker
Decatur, GA

Scott and Francesca Pozzi

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Support Hiker
Lake Oswego, OR

Terri Schmidt

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Portland, OR

Takahiro Shigemitsu

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s
Bellevue, WA

I am 48 years old and I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2018 at age 45.
I have a wife and 2 children and they are my primary motivation to become more active and fight this disease.
Outside of work, I enjoy boxing class for PD, hiking trails, and learning to play golf. 2019 was the first pass2pass hike I joined and it was spectacular!! I am very fortunate and thrilled to join this hiking group again this year to raise awareness of PD in the community. I am grateful of all PD community’s support through various support groups and event.

Judy Spencer  spencer

Support Hiker
East Graham, WA

Liz Stadler

Support Hiker

Sparrow Point, MD

Kosuke Takahashi

Support Hiker

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.

Georgy  and Vladimir Trifonov

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Redmond, WA


I am 41 years old living in Redmond, Washington. Have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age of 38 . 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, playing ice hockey, hiking, biking  to keep dopamine flowing. I am very fortunate to discover and participate in 2018 and 2019 summer hike with P2P and looking forward to upcoming 2020 hike with my son. My main goal from hiking with P2P is to raise awareness that Parkinson’s affect all age groups and show that staying physically and socially active as much important as your meds.


Mary Verbeck  maryV

Support Hiker
Bend, OR


Alison Weir

Support Hiker
Orcas Island, WA


A.C. Woolnaugh            ac-tent

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Sandpoint, ID

A.C. Woolnough was a teacher (English) and principal for 37 years in California, Idaho and Alaska. Married (to his incredible partner: Pamela) with four sons between them, he is an avid (though poor) golfer, biker, kayaker, photographer and reader. He is a second generation PWP, diagnosed in 2013. A.C. is very active in the PD community: vice-chair of the Parkinson’s Foundation People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council; a PF Research Advocate, participated in 13 studies, writes a monthly PD column in a local magazine, attended three Fox Policy Forums (formerly Parkinson’s Action Network) in Washington DC and has been a speaker at several conferences. A.C. is a strong believer in education, advocacy and research. “If not us, who? If not now, when?”

Trail Angels

Dr. Jason Aldred – Spokane, Washington

Molly & Jamie Anderson – Aberdeen, Washington

Jo Ann Fjellman & Cal Severns – Juanita, Washington

Frank Hagen– Issaquah, WA

Esther Hammerschlag and Brian Lance– Winthrop, WA

Patty Harrold & 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

Ken Kisch – Sammamish, WA

Carrie Lorenson – Spokane, Washington

Cathy Mayhew – British Columbia

Jeff & Mindee Meyer – Bellevue, Washington

Kathie Meyer – Burlington, Washington

Nadean Meyer – Spokane, Washington

Paul Norris & Sue Radtke – Bayfield, Wisconsin

Steve Peters– Colorado Springs, CO

Teri Pieper– Winthrop, WA

Julie Slater – Denver, Colorado

Mary Verbeck– Bend, OR

Margie & Fritz Willits – Bellingham, Washington

 A. C.  & Pamela Woolnough– Sandpoint, Idaho

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