HOPE in your Community
A message from our Director of Programs, Kristine Pedigo.
A Day of Education, Insight, Movement, Connection!
HOPE Conference 2023 Spokane was a smashing success as the Parkinson’s disease care providers of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene partnered with Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation to bring people impacted by PD together for a day of education, insight, movement, and most importantly, connection! A lot of love was put into creating this day and a lot of love showed up!
The HOPE Conference Spokane had post-pandemic record breaking attendance with over 180 attendees, 20 exhibitors providing information on local resources and services, 5 keynote speakers talking on topics such as the latest in PD and physiology research, genetics, innovative therapy options, the future of PD management, and the Vagus nerve and how it can be used to heal. Additionally, specific programs designed for people living with PD were presented: Dance for PD, PWR! Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery, Rock Steady Boxing, and the Parkinson’s Voice Project.
“I learned so much today about Parkinson’s that I didn’t already know, and I am amazed at how many programs there are to support people living with this disease.” — PwP, Spokane, WA
In tremendous gratitude, NWPF wants to recognize and thank all the community leaders and sponsors who came together to make the HOPE Conference 2023 Spokane possible.
Selkirk Neurology Inland Research Northwest
CDA Healing Arts Parkinson’s Voice Project
Gordon PT StretchLab South Hill and CDA
Rock Steady Boxing Gonzaga Dance
BluePrint for Genetics Gonzaga Physiology Research Dept.
Supernus Boston Scientific
“The Spokane HOPE Conference creates wonderful opportunities for our patients with PD and their families to connect and learn about the resources in eastern Washington and north Idaho, some of which are unknown to them before the meeting. I continue to be inspired by people with PD and other care providers in our area and their commitment to building a supportive and inclusive network. This community building at the grassroots level is crucial for making our region a better place to live with Parkinson disease.” — Jason Aldred, MD, Selkirk Neurology, PLLC, Inland Northwest Research
Additionally, we want to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to the local community Support Group Leaders of Spokane and N. Idaho!!! You did an amazing job of spreading the word about the conference and drew in people as far from Western Montana, Southern Idaho, Central and Southeast Washington.
“The HOPE conference was truly inspirational and community-building. To spend the day sharing in curiosity and learning with our PwP was a best form of a dopamine-boost…something we all could use a little more of. Thank you to the NWPF for an event to remember!” — Karin Duncan, NMD, CDA Healing Arts
Thank you everyone for joining us! We at Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation HOPE that you left that day feeling more HOPE filled. We are truly grateful for your commitment and generosity to supporting people impacted with Parkinson’s disease. Together, we create a stronger foundation, so that no one walks the Parkinson’s journey alone.