Our Team

Jason Aldred

Support Hiker
Spokane, WA


Susan Hanley

Support Hiker
Seattle, WA

Susan Hanley
Susan

Susan has enjoyed hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the Mountain West for all of her adult life. Born and raised in the Midwest, she just didn’t know what she was missing until she and her family moved to Seattle when she was in high school. Her first backpack was on the Thunder Creek Trail in the North Cascades, where a mouse drowned in the instant pudding her college chums mixed up and left in a bucket hanging on a tree. From that experience, things have improved greatly, to say the least.

Susan is a retired landscape contractor who volunteers as a Naturalist for the City of Seattle Parks. She is active with the Landscape/Horticulture program at South Seattle College and volunteers as a member of the SSC Arboretum Advisory Committee. She is a self-described “plant geek”.

“My goal is to complete the P.C.T. in Washington State in the next several years and doing the Pass to Pass trip will add some miles. More importantly, I will enjoy getting to know some inspirational people in a beautiful setting.”


Patty Harrold

Patty Harrold Photo
Patty

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Seattle, Washington

I am 60 and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 3 1/2 years ago. I am a physical therapist, and have loved exercise my entire life. I feel very lucky living in the Pacific Northwest with the educational support and community exercise programs available for people with PD. I bike, run, stair climb, dance, box, and backpack. All are high intensive exercises, and challenge my cardiovascular system and brain in a good way. Just trying to keep up with my healthy friends. Or maybe they are trying to keep up with me.


Ken Kisch

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Sammamish, Washington

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Ken

I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s for five 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.


Derek Torry

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker

Derek Torry
Derek

Upland, CA

Diagnosed at 5 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 volunteer as the Assistant Scoutmaster for my sons 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. I enjoy trailer camping and fishing too. I’m married to an awesome wife and we have a beautiful daughter who is 15 and fantastic son who is 13.


Ray Tracy

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Lucille, ID


A. C. Woolnough

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Sandpoint, ID

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A. C.

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

Nadean Meyer – Spokane, Washington

Linda Kisch – Sammamish, Washington

Kim Hood – Seattle, Washington

Sally Friedman – Seattle, Washington

Tian Kisch – San Francisco, California

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie Slater says:

    amazing ! congratulations to all, terrific accomplishments

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