PUW Honors Board Member Lupe McCann
Lupe McCann, one of the Board Members of the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, was honored at a special reception on Wednesday, July 23, 2008.
The presentation was held at the Gurwin Nursing Center, where Lupe currently resides among a great group of friends. And on this day, all of her friends and family joined together in the Rainbow Room of the Gurwin Center where Lupe was honored and many of her accomplishments were discussed.
In addition to devoting her heart and soul, and tireless hours of work, to make the Parkinson’s Unity Walk what it is today, she is also a huge advocate for Parkinson’s disease.
Lupe was diagnosed with PD when she was 45. She has had Deep Brain Stimulation and is doing quite well. Lupe is still an active Board Member for the Walk and continues to collect information and provide new and exciting ideas to help continue to grow the Walk. In addition, she helped begin a PD support group at her nursing home. And at each meeting, continues to provide information and ideas to the group.
At one of the first Walks, Lupe said she wanted to bring her doctor to the Walk to answer questions to anyone at the Walk that wished to speak with him. This was the beginning of the ‘Ask the Doctor’ booth, which is now one of the most popular stops on ‘Find a Cure Boulevard’ at the Walk each year. Each year, at the Walk, some of the country’s top Neurologists, Movement Disorder Specialists, Physical Therapists, and other renowned people in this industry donate their time to answer any question that a Walk participant may have. This allows so many people to have questions answered by doctors they may not have the opportunity to meet with otherwise, get second and third opinions, in addition to obtaining a wealth of information.
We thank Lupe for introducing the ‘Ask the Doctor’ booth and all of the contributions she has made, as well as her continued support within the Parkinson’s Unity Walk family.