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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5TH, 10am - 2pm

Russell Medical Center Professional Office Building

3316 U.S. Highway 280, Alexander City, AL 35010

This event has reached full capacity. You may email Brooklyn White at to be put on a waitlist should there be any cancellations.

FREE to attend but Reservations are required. The Symposium will take place in the Hardy Meeting Room (just inside the main entrance on the right). Lunch will be catered by Warf Seafood Restaurant. Please note any dietary restrictions when registering.

All registered attendees will receive a free (signed) copy of the keynote presenter - Greg Ritscher's, book: "Rising Above Parkinson's."

This event is sponsored by:

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Do you or a loved one, or a healthcare client have Parkinson's disease (PD)? Do you understand it? Do you know anyone else with PD who can mentor you through the complicated myriad of medications and exercises? Are you fully aware of FDA clinical trials and/or elective surgical options which can help to slow your progression? In addition to your neurologist, wouldn't it help to have a group of friends with which to compare notes on things like what works & what's a waste of time?

The East Central Alabama Regional Educational Symposium, sanctioned by the Parkinson Association of Alabama and the Parkinson's Foundation and hosted by Russell Medical, will educate you on all of this by seasoned experts as well as those battling PD just like you. You'll come away with more free PD resources than you can carry in one trip to your car.

Plus, perhaps more importantly, you'll meet all kinds of new people & make new friends who you can lean-on if ever needed.... caregivers, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, fitness trainers, and most importantly PD patients just like you.

You'll hear from Greg Ritscher, PD patient and author of "Rising Above Parkinson's." You'll even go home with a personally signed copy of Greg's book at no cost to you.

Register today!  Questions? Contact event chair, Steve Sain at


10AM       Welcome and Opening Remarks, Steve Sain, Support Group Co-Facilitator

                  Welcome to Russell Medical, A message from Russell Medical Leadership

                  Parkinson Association of Alabama, Brooklyn White, Director of Programs and   


11:15 AM   Break - Time to Move and Stretch and Complimentary Lunch

Program Resumes

12:00 PM   Parkinson's Foundation, Stacey Faber, Senior Development Director

                     Keynote Presentation: Rising to Life's Occasions, Greg Ritscher

                     Support Groups Overview, Carolyn Harris, Sylacauga Support Group Facilitator

                   and Kathryn "Kat" West, Auburn/Opelika Support Group Facilitator

                    Q&A / Discussion, Thank You's and Evaluation Survey

2 PM          Adjourn - Safe Travels Home



Husband - Father - Grandfather - Teacher - Mentor - Author - Man of Faith - Survivor - PD Ambassador - Business Man - Consultant - Intrapreneur.

These are all descriptors of Greg and the "On-Purpose" life he lives. Raised as an "Air Force Brat," he has lived in many parts of the US and even abroad. This nomadic life style has led to a love of travel and meeting new people along the way. As a cancer survivor and having lived with Parkinson's disease since 2011, Greg sees part of his mission here on Earth as being a positive Ambassador for the disease.

Greg Ritscher

Keynote Presenter

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He lives his life in a "response-able" way and his mantra for life says: "Success in life is a Journey, Not a destination. Significance in life is a gift, For it brings Hope. Life is an Occasion, Rise to it!"


This event wouldn't be possible without the inspiration and coordination of Support Group Facilitators, Carolyn Goza, Steve Sain (Sylacauga) and Kat West, Rick Hulsey (Auburn/Opelika). We would like to especially thank Russell Medical for sponsoring the event space, and the Parkinson Association of Alabama and Parkinson's Foundation for their support. 

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All registered attendees will receive a FREE, personally autographed copy of Greg's book at no cost to you.

However, you must register.


Alexander City is located near the beautiful Lake Martin. Consider making a vacation out of it and check out rental properties in the area.


Do you have questions about this event?   Please contact the event chair, Steve Sain at or by email at  

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