April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Race for Parkinson’s 2018



BISMARCK, ND- People will walk and run for people who cannot–in the 8th Annual Race for Parkinson’s on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The five-race event will benefit the Bismarck Parkinson’s Support Group.  Race Coordinator, Reva Kautz, shares exciting changes this year.  “There is a new 5K Walk event, for those who want to challenge themselves but don’t want to compete against runners.  We also have special guest appearances of KFYR TV Anchor Marcie Bollinger, Miss Northern Lights Outstanding Teen 2018 Micah Schlittenhardt and the Bismarck Lark’s mascot Clark the Lark.  Attendance has grown every year, so please register and help this year’s Race for Parkinson’s have the best participation ever!”

The money raised from the race will be used locally for Parkinson’s specific exercise programs and to sponsor speakers and events to educate families regarding the disease.  Registration for the Race for Parkinson’s begins at 8am at Sertoma Park Community Shelter near the amusement park. The kid’s 1 mile “Fun Run” starts at 9am; adult/family 1 mile walk/run starts at 9:20am; 5K walk starts at 9:30am; and the competitive 5K and 10K runs start at 9:45am.

Early registration is $25 and the Kid’s fun run is $10. Registration the day of the event is $30. The registration form can be found on the Bismarck Parkinson’s Support Group website at www.bismarckparkinsons.wordpress.com under the Race for Parkinson’s tab or online registration is available at https://www.active.com/bismarck-nd/running/distance-running-races/race-for-parkinson-s-2018.

The Bismarck Parkinson’s Support Group is a group of people with Parkinson’s Disease, their families, friends, and caregivers who share an interest in educating themselves about the disease and developing a greater public awareness of Parkinson’s. The group meets at 3pm, the second Thursday of the month at St. Gabriel’s Community, 4580 Coleman Street in Bismarck.   For more information about the support group, please contact the facilitator, Linda Wagner at 701-663-2177.  Longtime member, Dick Weber shares “The Bismarck Parkinson’s Support Group has been a chance for me to make many new friends and socialize with them. I feel that I have a whole new family who will always be there for me when I need them. I appreciate how the Bismarck Parkinson’s Support Group offers help and resources to our Parkinson’s friends and their care givers. This means so much in a person’s journey through this very debilitating and often difficult disease.”

Parkinson’s Disease is a brain disorder that leads to shaking and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination. It is one of the most common nervous system disorders of the elderly, although it can occur in younger people.  Parkinson’s disease affects not only the lives of the individual, but also those of their family and friends.  While new technologies and treatments are being approved to benefit people living with the disease, we are still hoping for more effective treatments and a cure.

March 2018 Support Group Meeting

Our March support group speaker will be Beth Bakke Stenehjem an AT Consultant with ND Assistive.
Beth will tell us about the assistive programs and what they do at ND Assistive.  What is Assistive Technology and how can it help you live more independently and safely?  Beth will also discuss Assistive Technology devices for safety and that can make your life easier.

Please join us at St. Gabriel’s Community on Thursday, March 8.

Annual Parkinson’s Seminar hosted by Bismarck Parkinson’s Support Group

Parkinson’s Seminar
September 7, 2017
Baymont Inn & Suites
Mandan, ND

Cost is $10 and includes lunch
Registration form can be downloaded here: Parkinson’s Seminar Registration Form 2017


9:00am    Registration
9:25am    Welcome — Dick Weber
9:30am  Laura Logsdon, BSN, RN
Duopa-Treatment Option for Advanced Parkinson’s
10:30am   Break (view exhibits)
10:45am   Randy Tank, Great Plains Rehabilitation
Home and Vehicle Accessibility
12:00pm  Catered Lunch and Entertainment by Braveheart
12:45pm   Dr. Ralph Dunnigan, MD Mid-Dakota Clinic, Neurology
Living with Parkinson’s
1:45pm     Break (view exhibits)
2:00pm   Pastor Gary Heaton
Learning to Live with a Progressive Disease
3:00pm Closing — Dick Weber