YOPN’s Living Well Starts Here

YOPN’s Living Well Starts Here

Join us as we chat with members of the YOPD community Disease, care partners and experts in the YOPD field to learn more about this neurodegenerative disease and those living with it.


January 24, 2023 42 min

"Calling all music lovers! Tune in to the young onset Parkinson's podcast interview episode of 'Call on the Fighter' Part 2 where we sit down with the one and only Richard Gootee. He'll be sharing his incredible story, the inspiration behind his Grammy-winning song "Just Reach Out" for the 80s Christian Rock band Petra. Plus, we'll be getting the inside scoop on "Call on the Fighter" and his ...

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When a mom with young onset Parkinson's and her son team up, amazing things happen! Checkout the heartwarming story of Joni and Sequoia Lowe and their hit song "Slim Shaky"

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"Exciting news for sports fans! "One Giant Leap for Fankind," the new book by ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen, has just won the grand prize at the New England book festival. In the book, Bill shares his secrets to staying positive and offers valuable tips for maintaining a positive outlook. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from the man who revolutionized sports broadcasting and get your hands on a copy of this award-...

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Michelle Newman, the Chief Operating Officer of the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson's, discusses her decision to leave corporate America and join the foundation. She shares her personal connection to Parkinson's disease through her father's experience with the condition, and discusses how he managed his disease. Additionally, she explains the mission and purpose of the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson's, wh...

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Thanks to Ellen Bookman for taking the lead on this series Special thanks to StanandTeresa Jackson for coming on the show (Part 3) and sourcing great guests for this series.


Teresa Jackson is a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC), Duke Integrative Medicine Coaching Program, and a Certified Coach— International Coaching Federation who will:

  • Discuss how to take what you have learned about mental wellness...

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    Dr. Schmidt is active in research, specializing in the intersection between mathematics and medicine, with a special interest in mapping the n-dimensional spaces of clinical data. Schmidt serves as an advisor to several government, industry, and foundation initiatives. He has been involved in several national-scale quality initiatives including with the US National Quality Forum and the Fresco Network in Italy. Schmidt has recent o...

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    November 22, 2022 59 min

    In this Episode we spoke with Andrea Merriam, CEO and Anissa Mitchell, LCSW, Chief Program Officer of the PMD Alliance about the ALL IN summit

    The ALL IN summit was held October 22-25 in Washington DC This national in-person summit gathered community + support group leaders and allies from around the country, convening prospective leaders, newbies, and veterans to connect, collaborate, and embrace the magic that happens when w...

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    Welcome to Segment 2 of our mental health series

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    Discuss how we process ...

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    October 31, 2022 42 min

    Call on the Fighter" began as a simple idea...create and offer original music to encourage and inspire "fighters" along their Parkinson's journey. Colleen Bridges, owner, and director of Bridges for Parkinson's found the perfect fit in one of her own fighters, Rich Gootee. Rich, an award-winning singer/songwriter, knows all too well the constant and daily struggles as he was diagnosed with Parkinson's diseas...

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    October 25, 2022 60 min

    The woman who can smell Parkinson’s

    Joy Milne’s husband Les was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 45. However, it had been 12 years earlier when Joy had first noticed that something was different about him.

    Joy has a rare condition called hereditary hypersomnia that gives her a heightened sense of smell. When Les was 33, she noticed that he had started to develop an odor, which she described as a subtle, musky smell.

    She ...

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    Sheila Thelen, owner of Vestibular Training Services LLC (VTS), is a National/International/Master Figure Skating Coach & Worldwide presenters at International Conferences & Events. (She is a Vestibular GENIUS - working with thousands of athletes & kids & rehabilitation groups throughout the world.) https://vestibulartrainingservices.com/web/index.php?siteid=420&pageid=3356 She's here to talk about t...

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    Today's guests include Eli Pollard and Alison Miller

    Elizabeth “Eli” Pollard is the Executive Director of the World Parkinson Coalition (https://www.worldpdcoalition.org/) talks about many subjects including the WPC in 2023 being held in Spain. She also discusses the "Parkinson's Tulip Project" what it's about and how to enter. Travel grants and much more!

    Alison Miller, Strategic Partnership Manager with Supern...

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    Thanks to Ellen Bookman for taking the lead on this series Special thanks to StanandTeresa Jackson for coming on the show (Part 2) and sourcing great guests for this series.   Maintaining emotional health is as important as the medical management of any chronic disease diagnosis   Monday at 8AM EST on radioparkies.com, we begin a 3-part Mental Wellness series created to educate those diagnosed with YOPD on the importance of maint...
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    This week on radioparkies.com sponsored by the Young Onset Parkinson's Network (YOPNetwork.org) we chat with John Cullen about his documentary. The documentary, “It’s Just Parkinson’s” is an inspiring and emotional look at one man’s journey to live life to the fullest, while living with a disease that has no cure. John Cullen is a 62-year-old man battling Parkinson’s disease with grit, courage, grace, and a warrior mindset. A l...
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    Mark Milow interacts on social media platforms as #markinthepark21 and shares really informative and fun content while bringing awareness to Parkinson’s Disease. Diagnosed with Parkinson's himself in 2020 during the Covid boom Mark immediately searched for a way to add meaning to his diagnosis and found that meaning through patient advocacy! When he received his diagnosis, there were so many questions Mark wanted answered and h...
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    Darbe Schlosser is the coach, consultant, & creator of the Motorvation System. Motorvation (https://www.motorvationfoundation.org/) provides scholarships for People with Parkinson's to receive fall prevention consulting and coaching. They have administered over 900 hours of training through the Parkinson's Foundation community grant. They are in the process of developing a rehabilitative training taxonomy to improve the...
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    About Keri: Dedicated single mama to 2 amazing girls. Keri has had a long career in pharmaceuticals and geeks out reading anything she can that has to do with research and science. Keri is an avid athlete, starting early as a competitive gymnast and later fell in love with all things running. After being diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s, Keri knew from her prior experience with recovery and sobriety that in order for her to c...
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    The Young Onset Parkinson's Network Podcast (YOPnetwork.org) is proud to present a conversation with Kevin Kwok! Kevin tells his story and discusses being an ambassador of Davis Phinney, his talks with DP and gives his insight of the pharma/biotech industry where he spent years building a great career. About Kevin "9 years ago, at the age of 48, I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. After recovering from...
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    For this weeks show sponsored by the Young Onset Parkinson's Network (Yopnetwork.org) on Radio Parkies Webradio at radioparkies.com, listen to the story about inventor Jan Grimes. Jan talks about living with PD and a few Parkinson’s hacks.

    Check out this Davis Phinney video for more Parky hacks


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    The Young Onset Parkinson’s Network (YOPN) and radioparkies.com are proud to present the story of a rising personality in the Parkinson’s community, Jeremy McDonald.   Jeremy a talented musician initially started a YouTube channel to showcase his music then he was diagnosed with PD.   So Jeremy decided to change the focus to spreading awareness and help others with this condition using his wit, and sense of humor all the while ...
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