Jennifer Traver

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Categories: For All People with Parkinson's, For Young Onset
Location: Michigan

At the age of 42, after experiencing a tremor in her left pinky, Jennifer was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. Her first thoughts were shock and fear, as this diagnosis never crossed her mind. She knew nothing about Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. Initially, her main concern were her young children and spouse and how the disease would impact their lives and their future.

While living with Parkinson’s disease can be challenging, she has never asked the question, “`Why.” Instead, she would rather focus on the “what”- What can she do to try and stay healthy both mentally and physically and also what can she do to help make a difference. With the help of her faith and her very supportive family and friends, she knows she will persevere. Rather than feel sorry for herself, she is determined to make something positive out of the situation. She is using her passion to provide means for continued awareness and research for a possible cure.

Shortly after her diagnosis, Jennifer decided she needed to be a voice and to bring hope to others battling with this disease. She started a non-profit organization; has successfully started a support group in Southeast Michigan; has held several successful fundraisers and has had a presence throughout the states of Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Florida at Parkinson’s walks. On a day-to-day basis, the goal is to continue to bring hope, awareness and support to anyone touched by this disease.

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