Success Stories

Gary Flebbe

My name is Gary Flebbe. The major changes I have noticed are that I am more aware of my body posture and can feel myself becoming stronger overall. I also look forward to the camaraderie of the instructors and members of the class. Even though I am tired after class I...

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Nancy Mayer

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Variant Primary in late summer. The day after I got my diagnosis, I came to Gary Sobol’s Parkinson’s Boot Camp (now called Foundations) and I’ve been happily attending ever since. Gary is an extremely inspirational class leader and the...

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Peter Deitz

My name is Peter Deitz and I am 79 years-old. About a year ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. And, I have to tell you, that it shocked my greatly because I deemed myself pretty fit for my age and I enjoyed hiking in the high country. But, I had noticed over...

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Sue Haran

Hi, my name is Sue. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2008. My neurologist told me early on that exercise is being found to be as useful to the Parky person as medication are. Lucky me! I love to exercise and Richard Pagel, a trainer at Boulder's YMCA was...

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Mike Eikenberry

I have had Parkinson’s for 20 years and DBS for 9 years. I have found Gary’s fitness classes to be a serious and professional program, but also always upbeat and positive. Gary takes it upon himself to learn and use the 30-40 names of people in each class. The...

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KB Berman

My name is Kathy Berman. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in February, 2003. I stared attending the Foundations class about 2 years ago. This class has improved my function by helping me improve my handwriting. My handwriting had deteriorated so much that I...

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Gary Sobol

Hi, I am Gary Sobol, founder and CEO of GZSobol’s Parkinson’s Network. Today, January 10th, 2014, is two years to the day that we had the first Parkinson’s exercise class. Since that time we have more than quadrupled the number of class members, quadrupled the number...

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Radford & Carol Byerly

My name is Rad Byerly and I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s five years ago. I tried several physical therapy approaches which for some reason or another failed me. One company went bankrupt. Then Carol learned about the “Y” boot camp now known as Gary Sobol’s...

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Tom Williams

I was one of the first participants when the Foundation exercise program began in Gainesville, Florida in April. My neurologist had always emphasized the importance of exercise, but it is difficult to be motivated when exercising alone and without a program or...

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Bob Shellenberger

My name is Bob Shellenberger. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in February, 2010. I started attending the Foundations Class about two years ago. I was here at the beginning and there are four points I want to make. The first point is that it changed my life...

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Brenda Hutchinson

My first signs that something was wrong was I was losing my balance when walking and then when I was stepping down. When I was hiking on a trail I took a serious fall. I noticed when I was biking I was losing my endurance. I wasn’t as strong as I used to be when I got...

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Joseph McDuff

Gail Perry Borden is my Parkinson's instructor at the Marblehead YMCA. Being fairly new at having Parkinson's Disease I did not know where to turn. I found out that Gail started a program at the YMCA. Since I have started she has taught me a lot of ways to deal with...

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Success Story: Christine Broadus – Amazing Progress

 One of our most spectacular success stories here at Penn Hills. Our participant's name is Christine Broadus. She is 75 years old, and was diagnosed with Anoxic En Syndrome. She was unable to get out of her wheelchair, had tremors and balance issues, and weakened and...

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Nancy McCarthy

I have taken classes with Gail Borden for the past year. I never missed a class! The exercises are basic but they have a direct relationship to establishing new pathways in the brain. An extra bonus is the relationships I’ve formed with my fellow...

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Jay Moore

Exercise is the best medicine for Parkinson's disease. Gail Borden's class at the YMCA provides the right kind of exercise that get the muscles and brain coming...

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Connie Callahan

I started this program in October after much prompting from my sons. By Christmas I felt like a new person. I had been invited to a Christmas party. Everyone commented on my appearance and attitude (much more positive) and overall my "happy face". I believe all the...

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Henry Prescott

Hi, my name is Henry Prescott. I am a personal trainer with the YMCA of Boulder Valley and I help lead the Parkinson’s Circuit Class. My biggest philosophy is that an increase in balance, power and strength lead to a better quality of life. Basically, what I try and...

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Sandra Honomichl, wife of Larry

My husband (who has Parkinson’s disease) had lost a lot of movement before he started taking Gary’s class two years ago and was discouraged. Attending the Foundations (formerly Boot Camp) class made him realize the importance of regular exercise and it motivated him...

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