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Community Wellness Partners Announces the Next William and Rita Abraham Speakers Series on Parkinson’s Disease on May 15

Community Wellness Partners Announces the Next William and Rita Abraham Speakers Series on Parkinson’s Disease on May 15

 Community Wellness Partners and the Presbyterian Homes Foundation invites the community to the next William and Rita Abraham Speaker Series event on May 15. This free event will feature Steven (Steve) DeWitte, founder and an officer of the Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson's (CAP), who will shares his experiences with Parkinson’s disease. The lecture begins at 1 p.m. in the Emmaus Room at the Presbyterian Home for Central New York.

The William and Rita Abraham Speaker Series provide the local community with education and insights on Parkinson’s disease with first-hand resources. The Abraham family – consisting of William (Bill) Abraham and his children, Wade and Marie, Jennifer and Alan Rust, and Andrea Sandock – created the William and Rita Abraham Speakers Series out of love for their wife and mother, Rita.

“Many times when we or our loved ones receive a diagnosis, the struggle to understand and process what has happened can become overwhelming and consuming,” said Lenora D’Apice, Vice President of Development for Community Wellness Partners. “Steve will share his experience and how he overcame his Parkinson’s diagnosis to obtain a better quality of life.”

DeWitte showed Parkinsonian symptoms in 2003 but avoided the official diagnosis until March 2005 at the age of 48. DeWitte is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the CAP. Since its inception in 2006, CAP has grown from eight members to two chapters and over 100 active constituents. DeWitte serves in advisory roles for organizations such as Parkinson’s Movement, the Parkinson’s Action Network, and The Michael J. Fox Foundation. He also served as an Ambassador for the World Parkinson Congress in 2013, and was a graduate of the inaugural PAIR (Parkinson’s Advocates In Research) Program. DeWitte is on the steering committee for the Parkinson’s Movement.

Reservations for this free event are appreciated. Please call (315) 235-7110. The Presbyterian Home for Central New York is located at 4290 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY, 13413.

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