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WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE

The Columbia Parkinson's Support Group is incorporated as a non-profit in the State of South Carolina. The mission of the Columbia Parkinson's Support Group is to provide the Parkinson's Community with a safe environment to obtain SUPPORT, INFORMATION, EDUCATION, create AWARENESS about Parkinson's Disease, and FUND RAISING to further research for the cure of Parkinson's Disease.

Our support group is located in the mid-lands of South Carolina; serving the counties of (but not limited to) Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Orangeburg, Newberry, Richland, Saluda, and Sumter.

Meetings are open to anyone regardless of race, color, and national or ethnic origin. We welcome anyone afflicted with Parkinson's disease; anyone who has an interest in Parkinson's disease; as well as all visitors, family, friends, and guests to our monthly meetings.
There is no cost to attend our meetings.
Sept 2008 Meeting
September 21, 2008
Photo by Dottie Gantt
Please Bring Guests:  Please don't forget, we always welcome any guests to come with you.  The more your family, friends, neighbors, business associates, or anyone who has an interest in Parkinson's disease can learn about Parkinson's disease, the more support they can provide.  We always welcome students from our universities and colleges - and professionals from the medical community!
Learn more about "ABOUT US" and "WHAT WE DO"
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TIME FOR A CHANGE
OUR SUPPORT GROUP HAS A NEW PRESIDENT!


After 12 years (2002 - 2014), as of May 1, 2014, Dottie Gantt has resigned as President of the Columbia Parkinson's Support Group.

"It has been my pleasure to have served as President for so many years. There have been many changes since I started. We have a larger membership, which indicates that more people are becoming aware of, and educated about Parkinson's disease. We are able to provide a safe environment for the Parkinson's community to come together and support each other. We obtained our 501(c)(3) non-profit status. We have established working relationships with other Parkinson's groups throughout the state of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. There are many other positive changes, too many to list here."

" I thank all of our wonderful volunteers and Board Members who have stepped up to contribute their time, resources, and skills; without which our support group would not be able to continue. All of these volunteers in our Parkinson's Community have helped our support group to make a difference. I also thank Lexington Medical Center for allowing us to meet in their wonderful facilities."

"When asked - Why did you volunteer to become President? Being President of the support group was not planned, it just sort of evolved. After my husband CW was diagnosed with PD, we attended several support group meetings. We received so much kindness, support, and information about Parkinson's from other members in the Columbia support group, that I knew that I had to volunteer and give back what we had received. I wanted to "Play It Forward", so I volunteered to help with the meetings; and then I volunteered to become President. Volunteering for our support group has been rewarding in so many ways. I have made friends with wonderful patients, caregivers/care-partners, members of the medical community, and others in the extended PD community. Volunteering is a very good thing! You will received many benefits. I have found that it is true - what you give of yourself, you received tenfold in return. Because of our support group, CW and I have been blessed with your friendship, your support, your assistance, and so much more."

"There are still many other things that need to be done and can be done for the Parkinson's community, and for the Columbia Support Group. More volunteers are sorely needed to help with our meetings and support group activities. You can make a difference! I promise that you will receive much in return. Please volunteer. Play it forward!"

"Thank You!"

Dottie M. Gantt
President Emeritus and "Continuing" Volunteer

To Volunteer - Email: contact@columbiaparkinsonsupportgroup.org -or- Call Carol Baker at Telephone 803-781-6193 -or- Karen Basso at Telephone: 803-739-1500

Karen Basso
Karen Basso
President & Program Co-Chair
Board
Member
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MEET OUR NEW PRESIDENT
Karen Basso is our new President. She is Senior Vice President and one of the principals of the Preferred Group.  The Preferred Group is an insurance and reinsurance brokerage and consulting firm headquartered in Columbia, SC.  Karen is a care-partner with her husband, Derek, who is a Parkinson’s patient.

"I am very interested in promoting education and research about Parkinson’s Disease and helping to provide a mutual support system for the members of the Parkinson’s community."


Karen Basso, Co-Chair Public Relations
Telephone: 803-739-1500
Email: kbasso@preferredre.com
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ON APRIL 24, 2014, WE CELEBRATED
PARKINSON'S AWARENESS MONTH WITH A VERY SPECIAL EVENT AT THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATEHOUSE
WITH GOVERNOR NIKKI HALEY
Members of SC Parkinson's Community meet with SC Governor Nikki Haley for April 24, 2014 Parkinson's Awareness event.
Photo by Zach Pippin, Governor Halley's Official Photographer


On April 24, 2014, the Columbia Parkinson's Support Group along with other members of the SC Parkinson's Community met with Governor Nikki Haley for a reading of the SC April 2014 Parkinson's Awareness Proclamation.

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DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT OUR MEETING TOPICS ARE?

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT COMING EVENTS?


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For information about any special events, our monthly meetings, and other calendar events, click here to go to our CALENDAR pages

WHAT IS "NEWS JUST FOR YOU"?


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Be sure to visit our NEWS JUST FOR YOU web page for news and information of interest provided and updated often, "Just For You!"
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"I have Parkinson's Disease, but Parkinson's Disease doesn't have me!"
Contributed by Dr. Ben Herz



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Donations do not always have to be financial or about money. While every dollar counts, you can also donate and contribute your time and your talents to help us. Volunteering to any cause that's important to you can be extremely gratifying. Click here to volunteer
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“Every PD patient is unique and everything about his or her disease is specific to him or her and ONLY to him or her. PD has only one time - NOW, the present. The previous hours do not forecast how you are going to feel. The only thing that is predictable about this disease is its unpredictability.”
~~Written by Rick Kramer and Margaret Tuchman~~
 
Thank You!
Thank You for visiting our web site -and- Thank You for supporting and caring about those with Parkinson's Disease.

 
 
 
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