Our 2019 Teams
David and Ruth Baumgart
Support hiker , Trip Leader and Living LARGE with Parkinson’s hiker
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.
Ruth Baumgart is an independent Real Estate broker who manages her own firm in Bellevue, WA. She has enjoyed hiking and backpacking for the past 30 years, ever since she met David. Together, they have 2 sons and a daughter and count 4 young men as their grandsons. They are expecting their first granddaughter in mid-May 2019.
Brian Lance and Esther Hammerschlag
Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker, Support Hiker
Brian was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2002 at the age of 44. His outlook on Parkinson’s is to quote Michael J. Fox, “We only can’t if we don’t.” In 2010 he circumnavigated Kayak Island in the Gulf of Alaska – 58 miles of uninhabited (with the exception of brown bears!) cobble beach. He got DBS in 2011 which dramatically improved his ability to move and enjoy life. Brian spent 28 years in Alaska as a wildlife biologist, and has worked all over the state including in the Pribilof Islands, the Arctic Refuge, and Prince William Sound. He’s traveled extensively including to Africa, Ecuador, Belize, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Thailand. He has two kids who are now 21 and 23 years old.
Brian and Esther live in the Methow Valley, Washington with their Golden Retriever, Oka. Spending time outdoors and staying active keeps them both ticking, and they love being close to valley’s many mountain biking, hiking and cross-country ski trails. When not out on the trails, they enjoy puttering in the garden, birding, and simply watching the clouds roll by.
Support Hiker, Trip Leader
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.
Living LARGE with Parkinson’s – Logistics & Support
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
Colorado Springs, CO
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, Trip Leader
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.
Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
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.
Penny Weagraff and Brynn Esbenshade
Penny is Living LARGE with Parkinson’s in Palouse, WA Brynn is a support hiker from Federal Way, WA
Penny was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2007 at age 44; and had DBS surgery in 2010. She and her husband, Phil, a middle school teacher, raised their four children in the Palouse region of Washington state. During the spring, summer,and fall she loves to be outdoors, biking and hiking as often as she can. Their favorite summer past-times are exploring the Oregon Coast as well as boating, camping, hiking and biking around Lake Coeur d’Alene. Penny and Phil’s daughter, Brynn (along with her husband, Dan) own and operate a gym in Federal Way, WA. They are committed to helping people move and be fit for life. Brynn and Dan are a continual inspiration to Penny to keep going –keep moving –keep trying –never give up. When they have spare time,they enjoy hiking, snowboarding, or just relaxing on a beach somewhere.We are privileged and excited to be part of this trip.
Living LARGE with Parkinson’s Hiker
A.C. spent more than 35 years in public education as a teacher and principal. He is a second generation PWP and is passionate about PD research. A.C. has participated in over 20 studies and has reviewed and evaluated research grant proposals for the Department of Defense, OHSU and the Parkinson’s Foundation. He has presented at numerous conferences and writes a monthly magazine column about his journey with PD. Have any questions about World Parkinson Congress? Call him—A.C. is one of 3 WPC Ambassadors in the US for the 2019 Congress to be held in Kyoto Japan next June.
Brandon Woolnough is the middle grandson of PD hiker, A.C. Woolnough. Brandon graduated from West Hills HS in Santee, CA in early June. Brandon has traveled to Alaska, Mexico and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Here he is on the PCT in California.
Frank Hagan – Issaquah, WA
Ken Kisch – Sammamish, WA
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
Teri Pieper– Winthrop, WA
Julie Slater – Denver, Colorado
Margie & Fritz Willits – Bellingham, Washington
A.C. & Pamela Woolnough– Sandpoint, Idaho