Carol Clupny of Hermiston is a Parkinson’s disease warrior. She will recount her successful adventures in attacking the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease over 11 years, including her 1,000 mile trek over Camino de Santiago in France and Spain. She speaks at the Eagle Cap VFW Hall in Enterprise, Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. The VFW Hall is at 800 N River St Enterprise OR 97828 Phone (541) 426-4307.

The event, sponsored by the Wallowa County Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, will be of interest to health professionals and persons who are affected directly or through others by the affliction. With aging, Parkinson’s becomes more likely.

Clupny is author of “The Ribbon of Road Ahead: One Woman’s Remarkable Journey with Parkinson’s Disease,” that has been widely acclaimed by professionals and patients dealing with the condition. She serves as a support group facilitator for Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon (PRO).

The Parkinson’s Foundation sought her leadership to plan a region-wide forum of women with Parkinson’s, and she served two terms on the Oregon Board of Examiners of Speech Pathology and Audiology (a governor’s appointment).

Carol received a Masters of Science in Speech Pathology from Eastern Washington University and further certification in School Leadership and Adminstration from Lewis and Clark College. She provided speech pathology services and served as program director for 32 years in the wide geographic area of eastern Oregon. Active in the Oregon Speech-Language and Hearing Association she received honors of the association and the presidential award for her work on recruitment and retention of speech and hearing professionals. Carol presented numerous papers and projects at local, state and regional professional conferences. She was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to two terms of the Oregon Board of Examiners of Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Suffering for years from unexplained symptoms, Carol was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2008. She retired as a speech-language pathologist after thirty-one years with the InterMountain Education Service District and settled into acceptance. Learning to live with a progressive neurological disease challenged her once active lifestyle. Shocked when getting outside to the mailbox became a struggle, she began walking; trekking over a thousand miles on pilgrimage trails in France and Spain. Reading that bicycling helped mitigate the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease she started riding; cycling across Iowa four times with the Pedaling for Parkinson’s Team. In 2016, Carol had a deep brain stimulation procedure which further slowed the advancement of symptoms.

She was selected by the Parkinson’s Foundation to provide leadership in planning a region wide forum of women with Parklnson’s. Recently the Michael J Fox Foundation chose Carol to attend the National Parkinson’s Disease Policy Forum in Washington DC. Carol serves a a support gorup facilitator for Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon and is an ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundaiton.

Carol and her husband Charlie have raised two boys, two horses and numerous calves (but no chickens) over the years on their small acreage in Hermiston, Oregon. She is active in the Parkinson’s community as a fundraiser, a support group leader for Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon and an ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation.

The event is free. Questions, or queries about joining the Wallowa County Parkinson’s Support Group may be directed to Mike and Linda Koloski: mkoloski@eoni.com or 541-426-1806.

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