Our Team

Our 2021 Teams

David Baer

Living LARGE with Parkinson’ s Hiker
Sonora, CA


Jerry Basset

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Wenatchee, WA



Support Hiker, Trip Leader
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.


Mike Bernard

Living LARGE With Parkinson’s
Snoqualmie, WA


Robert Betts

Support Hiker
Long Beach, CA


Jan Beyer

Support Hiker        beyer
Ridgefield, WA

My name is Jan Beyer. I am 61 years old and live in Southwest Washington. I am married and have two grown children, a very big dog, a rabbit and a Tortoise.I have been the Parkinson’s Exercise program coordinator at Touchmark Senior Living in Vancouver, Washington for 10 years. I started working with people who have Parkinson’s 12 years ago receiving specialized training through OHSU. I currently teach Parkinson’s Exercise classes, work one-on-one with clients who have Parkinson’s and lead a Parkinson’s support group. The Columbia River Gorge is where I do most of my day hikes. A friend and  I accomplished the goal of summiting the “Guardians of the Gorge”, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens. I am excited to be a support hiker with a friend who has Parkinson’s.

Steve Blevins

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Oklahoma City, OK


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 Hiker
Support Hiker


Bill Clugston

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hikerclugston
Auburn, WA

Rich Denman and Julia Chapman

Living LARGE With Parkinson’s Hiker, Trip Leader
Support Hiker, Trip Leader
Portland, OR


Mari and Ron Cleveland

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker and Support Hiker  cleveland
Mead, WA

Mari and Ron Cleveland are from Mead WA , a teeny town just outside of Spokane. 40 years ago they designed and built an earth shelter home where they raised 3 children; a daughter and 2 sons. They now have 5 grandsons with a new grandson due in August. Ron was born and raised in Spokane while Mari is a transplant from Southern California. Fun fact: after knowing Mari for 16 hours, Ron proposed!!! She said yes and they have been married 44 years on June 25.
March of 2017, Mari was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. But both Ron and Mari WILL NOT ALLOW the lack of dopamine to stop them from:  serving God, being with their children and grandsons, hiking in every National Park in the U.S., going on another cruise to some exotic place once COVID is controlled and gathering with family and creating glorious meals, singing, hugging and being loud and fun.


Christie Crowe  crowe

Support Hiker
Bend, OR

I retired in 2016 after 30 years in advanced composite materials R&D and process commercialization. Believing myself to be an avid outdoorsman I moved to Bend Oregon where I trained up to allow me to volunteer with various Forrest Service groups. We help to maintain our precious natural resources with trail work; all seasons, all sports.  I want to give back for the incredible luck that has been my life and I hope to contribute to the success of a group that supports individuals whose bravery deserves the best.


Rick Deyo

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hikerdeyo
Seattle, WA

I’m a 72-year-old retired medical school professor with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s made7 years ago. I maintained a small clinical practice in internal medicine for most of my career, but spent the final 10 years mostly on research — studying costs and quality of care rather than test tubes or mice.

With my wife, I’ve enjoyed day-hiking in the national parks on a regular basis. But my last backpacking trip was 10 years ago, so P2P will be a challenge. I’m looking forward to the exercise benefits of training and making the trip, but also to meeting new friends with similar challenges and interests. And spectacular scenery! What a great way to celebrate what I hope is the end of the Covid pandemic year!


JoAnn Ebbett

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker 
Valley Springs, CA

April 2021 – I’m sitting here in my garden.  It is Spring in the foothills of the Sierras in Central California where I live and my heart longs to be on the trails in the high country.  Snowshoeing gets me through the winters as I wait patiently for the mountain trails to open up.  I am a retired piano teacher and massage therapist.  Being self-employed afforded me many opportunities to enjoy hiking on a regular basis.  Things I have done once: roofed a house, skydived, climbed Mt. Shasta, walked/ran 26 miles in one day in Yosemite: Lake Tenaya…Clouds Rest…Half Dome…around the back side of Clouds Rest and back to Lake Tenaya.  While it’s true, Parkinson’s (and age – 66) have slowed me down some, I still strive to be as active as possible and to challenge myself every chance I get.  I am the most grateful wife of Don, mother of 2, grandmother to 13 and great grandmother to 1 (+2 more buns in the oven).  Gotta stay active to keep up with the youngin’s.   Maintaining a good sense of humor gets me through each day and I rise with a sense of purpose everyday – to be a loving encouragement to all I meet.

Scott Edson

Support Hiker
Hamilton , MT


Mark Eisinger

Support Hikereisinger
Hailey, ID

I retired 2 years ago after working 23 seasons with the US Antarctic Program. Most of my work was at McMurdo Station. I also did 5 “summers” at the South Pole and a 6 week stint at Palmer Station. I worked as a Chef for 25 years and after 3 seasons in McMurdo as the chef, I became a heavy equipment/crane operator for the past 20 years.

I’ve backpacked most of my life, the most extensive trip was 21 days backpacking the Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary in Nepal. And years later, the Salkantay trek in Peru. I’ve done many backpack trips in New Zealand as that was our departure point for McMurdo. I live in the Sun Valley, Idaho area. I also ski, bike, and enjoy whitewater river boating. I did an 11 day backpack trip in the Pasayten Wilderness years ago and will look forward to returning to Washington and supporting the Pass to Pass hikers.


Rose Gallagher

Support Hikerrose
Point Lookout, NY

Hi. My name is Rose Gallagher, and I am a support hiker.  I live in Long Island, NY where I teach physical therapy and conduct research focusing on exercise in people with Parkinson’s disease.  I have had a love of the hiking and the outdoors since I was young, and love to camp, hike, kayak and ski, among other outdoor activities.  I was introduced to backpacking after college when leading backpacking trips for young teenagers in the Rocky Mountains for a summer.  I am very involved in the Rock Steady Boxing program held on our campus and am co-coordinator for a local PD support group.  I am thrilled to have been introduced to Pass to Pass and see it as a way to combine my love of hiking and exercise with my interest in Parkinson’s disease.  I look forward to the adventure!


Phil and Andi Garner

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker and Support Hikergarner
Moscow, ID


Jim Gerner

Support Hiker bassett
Seattle, WA

I am 73 years old, and will be a support hiker for Jerry Bassett on Washington Trip #4 Walupt Lake to Berry Patch on August 15-20.  I have known Jerry for 40 years.  I have been married to my wife Nancy for 42 years with two adult sons and one very recent granddaughter.  I have been a backpacker since age 15, with over 50 backpack trips.  While my two sons were in Boy Scouts Troop 80 in Seattle, I was the Troop 80 hikemaster for three years, planning and leading various backpack trips.  I have never been in the Goat Rocks area, but have thought about it in the past.  So this is my chance.

I try to stay active by walking, hiking, kayaking, jogging (some), doing stairs and a ski machine.  My favorite pack trips were in Kings Canyon (10 days) and the Minarets (six days), both in the Sierras in California.  I am looking forward to Washington Trip #4 and meeting a number of you folks.


Barbara Hackettbhackett

Support Hiker
Fort Myers, FL

I am a longtime friend of Eleanor Canning and when the opportunity to accompany her on this hike was presented I smiled and did not hesitate to accept. We raised our children as neighbors, discussed health care challenges as nurses, supported each other through trying times and enjoyed the gathering of our friends for book clubs, vacations, shared meals or just watching a gorgeous sunset together. In short, I cannot imagine a life without Eleanor and even though we live thousands of miles apart from each other we talk often and it always feels like we are in the same room. This may be the first time we are physically present with each other since the unwanted guest Covid arrived.

My husband Peter and I first courted while walking the AT in Vermont. Ironically Eleanor and her husband were in the same area but it would be another decade before we would meet.  We brought our children up to enjoy the outdoors and today our two daughters and son-in-law are National Park Rangers at Yosemite and Sequoia. I have enjoyed many day hikes with them when we visit California. Caroline has walked the entire AT and Scottish National Trails. MaryEllen and Brian hike regularly to remote areas where he can fish and she can paint. Charles is an avid hiker as well but currently refurbishing a sailboat. I work as a Hospice Nurse and appreciate taking advantage of every moment.

It seems Eleanor and I are the only East Coasters hiking this trip, she from New York and me from Florida. For some reason I do not think this will be my only association with the Pass to Pass organization, just the beginning. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Diane S. HagedornDianne

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
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

My name is Suzanne Haidri and I love the great Pacific Northwest. 

I grew up in a small rural town in San Diego East County among the sagebrush, picky pear cactus and arid climate. When we, my brothers and I, were young my parents had a VW camper-with a mini fridge and a table to color on. By the time I was in Jr. High we got rid of the VW camper and we tried backpacking for the first time, (with assistance from 2 crabby horses) in Enterprise Oregon. That did it- we all fell in love with backpacking (and all that green). Every summer my Mom and Dad would gather me and my brothers for the family vacation in a National Parks like The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada, Sequoia & Kings Canyon.

My own young family enjoyed car camping- we would load up our little yellow Nissan to the gills with gear and food. In my late 30s I went through a restless time and took a solo healing backpacking trip: the Rae Lakes Loops in Sequoia & Kings Canyon. 

Since that time, I have returned to hiking with people and occasionally camping. On April 2, 2018 I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. At that time I was a Preschool teacher and Director of a Nature Focused Preschool in Cascade Locks.

When I heard about Pass to Pass I knew it was something that would be healing for me

VaLinda and Tina Heinbaugh

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker and Support Hikerheinbaugh
Rapid City, SD

I am a long- time Black Hills, South Dakota native, which is home to the breathtaking limestone palisades of Spearfish Canyon. I was given the gut-wrenching blow of a Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis in 2020 just a few months after retiring from a 35-year career as a business loan lender for a major banking corporation. My husband and I are Wickenburg, AZ snowbirds. My inspiration post-retirement is to climb the highest peaks in as many states possible.
In addition to Parkinson’s Disease, I was diagnosed with Chrohn’s Disease more than 40 years ago. A healthy diet and exercise timing has been part of my lifestyle for years. I ran my last marathon at the age of 60 with my youngest daughter, Jessica, in addition to several others half marathons. My oldest daughter, Tina, introduced me to the Pass to Pass event and I look forward to the opportunity to challenge myself physically and mentally.


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, Trip Leader
Portland, OR


Jheri Ketcham

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hikerketchem
Yakima, WA

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

Ann Lane

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker  lane
Evergreen, CO

I am a 58 – soon to be 59 – former natural resources attorney, living in the foothills west of Denver in Evergreen, Colorado, and thrilled to be part of Pass to Pass, and the opportunity to backpack in the Pacific Northwest.  My husband Tim and I have now been married for 28 years and have two boys. Declan, my oldest, is graduating in May from University of San Diego, and we are all hoping he will have a job soon.  Quinn is 15, a freshman in high school, is working on his driver’s license.  Both boys are avid hockey players, and we spend a great deal of time in ice rinks and watching the Colorado Avalanche.  As a family we also love to camp, fly-fish and play golf.  Although I frequently hike in the many trails right outside my door, it has been a few years since I’ve been backpacking, so I am planning a couple of shorter trips early this before heading to Oregon in August.

I self-diagnosed myself as having Parkinson’s in 2015 after my son and husband noticed I wasn’t swinging my left arm while walking, and my doctor confirmed it the following year.  Exercise and a strong support group have made a huge difference in my Parkinson’s battle, although I have now learning, after a lifetime of always having to be first on the trail, that being in the middle or even the back of the group isn’t so bad – as long as I can keep going.


Linda Lee


Support Hiker, Trip Leader
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 Hikermatson
Bellevue, WA

I am a retired corporate lawyer who finds special joy in outdoor adventures, particularly wilderness experiences.  The opportunity to help others experience that joy is a very gratifying.  I will be 73 when we hike in 2021.  My wife and I moved to Washington State 41 years ago and have experienced many outdoor adventures together and with our kids over the years, in the Pacific NW and far beyond.  In recent years we have done more expedition and wilderness sea kayak trips than backpacking, but among my (our) favorite backpacking adventures have been two completions of the Wonderland Trail (once in each direction), Section J of the PCT from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass, several trips into the upper Enchantments, the Goat Rocks Wilderness section of the PCT, the Coast-to-Coast walk across northern England, and the Olympic Coast North trail. I also enjoy day hikes, snowshoeing, X-C skiing, kayak day paddles, and playing pickleball.

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 Hikermoody
Seattle, WA

I am a 59 year old Seattleite that officially became a PwP in July of 2020.  It was in that summer’s edition of the APDA’s Parkinson Pathfinder publication that I became aware of the Pass to Pass opportunity.  Wow, just what I appeared to need after experiencing unusual muscle fatigue on two recent multi-night backpacking trips through the north cascades…Llamas to ease the load!  I look forward to continuing to explore the beauty of the Pacific NW with others that are learning to look at life through a different lens. In addition to camping and hiking I enjoy cooking with my wife, biking, drumming and flying.


Nicole Pan

Support Hiker  Nicole_pic
Decatur, GA

I am a 22-year-old graduating senior undergrad at Emory University, GA. I will be a student of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Northwestern University, IL in fall 2021. One of my close relatives was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease when I was little, and since then I got interested in PD and everything related to it: research, volunteer, etc. I love rock climbing, hiking, camping and all the outdoor stuff. I did a couple of camping trips, one of which was a 12-day camping + rock climbing trip in Seattle, WA (I love that trip). I am really looking forward to this trip and I am excited to get bonded with everyone!


Irene Pasternack

Support Hiker      Irene_Pasternack
Bellevue, WA


Scott and Francesca Pozzi

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


Julia Rock

Support Hiker
Fullerton, CA


Catherine Rooney

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Fullerton, CA

Takahiro Shigemitsu

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
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

Judi Spencer was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, skiing and hiking the Canadian Rockies.  “The Mountains are Calling” is a phrase she uses often, knowing it is time to head to the beauty and peace of the outdoors.

Judi’s father, Ken Pritchard, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1995 and she has been involved with the Parkinson’s community from that point forward.  Today Judi is a music specialist leading rhythm, music and vocal workshops, performs as a concert marimba artist and is an inspirational speaker. She has lobbied in both Canada and the United states as a Parkinson’s advocate and currently is the WPC Choir Director, opening the World Parkinson’s Congress in Portland, Oregon (2016) and Kyoto, Japan (2019).  The next WPC conference is scheduled for June 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.

.Judith is a Warrior in Pink, touched by cancer in 2014, and has been cancer-free for 6 years. Judi and her husband currently live in Graham, Washington, near their three sons and four grandchildren. Judi’s Pass to Pass name, given on her debut hike in 2020, “Songbird”. www.JudiSpencer.com

Liz Stadler

Support Hiker       stadler
Sparrow Point, MD

I am thrilled to be a support hiker with Pass to Pass. I was introduced to the organization when my father (who has PD) wanted to participate in one of the 2020 trips. I said yes, we met some amazing people, and had a wonderfully memorable experience together.

I am a physical therapist who has been practicing in various settings for 14 years (currently outpatient pediatrics). I live in Maryland with my husband and at any given point a variety of rescue dogs. We both love to hike, be out on the water (Chesapeake Bay at home), collecting old cars and old dogs, and travel. I am a lifelong swimmer, yoga instructor, recently started training for triathlons and someone who has always loved the outdoors. I have found peace, adventure, and great friendship as I have explored hiking and backpacking over the last 10 years.


Kosuke Takahashi

Support Hiker
Fall City, WA

Randy Todd

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s
Port Washington, NY


Derek Torry and Seth Torry

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker, Trip Leader
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, Trip Leader
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

I grew up backpacking in the Sierra’s with my parents, 2 sisters and even my grandfather. Imagine not seeing anyone else for days. Little did I realize how lucky I was to grow up this way. I have lived in the mountains most of my life. Even though there have been many years when I did not backpack, I have always hiked. I currently live in Bend, Oregon.


Tim Webster

Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
Clemmons, NC


As a medical psychologist, I occasionally had patients with Parkinson’s disease over the years. When I developed a slight tremor in 2015, I immediately suspected my diagnosis, which was confirmed shortly after. Since then, I have retired and have been devoting a good bit of my time to coping with Parkinson’s disease through exercise activities. My wife and my dog together encourage me on long walks in the beautiful North Carolina woods everyday. Rock Steady Boxing has been very helpful, and the pandemic’s interruption of such gym activities has been sorely missed. While struggling with COVID boredom and isolation, I recently chanced upon some information about Pass to Pass. Backpacking has been such a pleasure in the past, including lengthy treks with my three sons as Boy Scouts. The possibility of spending time with others on the Pacific Crest Trail is very appealing and I’m so happy to be accepted into Linda Lee’s backpacking group for 2021. Looking forward to meeting other travelers on the Parkinson’s road – both persons with Parkinson’s and those who put so much into supporting us – has already had an energizing effect. Actively coping with the daily challenges of Parkinson’s is one of those things that “takes a village” and Pass to Pass promises to be a vital part of my village, for which I am grateful.


Alison Weir

Support Hiker   alison
Orcas Island, WA

I was born and raised in California, plus a 5 year stay in New Jersey.  After college at UC Davis, where I met my future husband, we moved to Paradise, CA, where he taught biology at Butte College.  We ended up back in Davis so he could go to vet school.  Then we divorced, he moved on, and I stayed in Davis for 30 years, where I worked in a research lab (lung development) in the vet school, and taught anatomy classes for the first-year vet students.  There I met my current partner of 25 years, who introduced me to many outdoor adventures.  When we retired 10 years ago, we moved to the San Juan Islands in Washington state.   I love the rain, the trees, the community, and the slower pace of life on Orcas Island.

I have no children, but there have been lots of animals.  Currently we have 2 dogs and 2 box turtles (which I’ve had for 40 years).  My interests include reading, hiking, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, words, and country music.  And I have been collecting skulls since I was about 13.

Family is very important to me and I look forward to this adventure with my sister!


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

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie Walker says:

    This is great!
    I too have early onset PD….9 years in.
    Would love to connect with any others because…let’s be real…this can be a lonely journey if you don’t reach out.

    I’m in Maryland but my father was from Washington state.


  2. JOANN EBBETT says:

    Looking forward to Hike #5 in August!! JoAnnnnnnnnnnn


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