Vim. Vigor. Vitality to live well, no matter what! This is BRIO.This is Team Gleason. This is what we strive to achieve every day.
When the opportunity presented itself to get involved with Team Gleason and chair the Counselor Classic Golf Scramble event, Rich Baudry jumped at the chance. The event and its mission seemed to perfectly align with BRIO’s goals: to create a life full of vim, vigor, and vitality for ALS warriors no matter what.
Rich Baudry, Jay Quinlan (an ALS warrior and friend of Rich) and a group of his closest friends created the “Counselor Classic” to help raise awareness and funds for ALS research and equipment. The event was held on September 16 at Metairie Country Club and brought together a dynamic group of volunteers and generous sponsors.
“It was truly wonderful to be a part of The Counselor Classic Golf Scramble event benefitting Team Gleason. With such a great turnout, we were able to raise awareness and funds for ALS, as well as spread a little BRIO. Our goal is to make people better off for spending time with us. This event was a great opportunity to do just that,” said Rich Baudry, Chair of the event.
All proceeds from the event went toward Team Gleason’s efforts to empower people with ALS to live as independently as possible, despite the disease. Team Gleason has provided almost $10 million in adventure, technology, equipment, and care services to over 15,000 people living with ALS and countless others through advocacy, support, and research. Simply put, their mission is to help people living with ALS live a better life.
As Steven Gleason states on his website, “Life is difficult. Not just for me or other ALS patients. Life is difficult for everyone. Finding ways to make life meaningful and purposeful and rewarding, doing the activities that you love and spending time with the people that you love – I think that’s the meaning of this human experience.”
We couldn’t agree more! What a wonderful event and a wonderful life mission. If you have the ability to get involved, contribute time or money to the ALS cause, please check out Team Gleason. It’s a truly wonderful organization.
Sandra Wright checks ‘skating’ off her Bucket List
Checking off a bucket list item feels amazing, but for a Parkinson’s patient, even the smallest movement can be a truly remarkable victory. For Sandra Wright, skating a lap at the roller rink was a dream she thought would never come to fruition.
Recollections of her childhood days skating with her friends brought back such fond memories. She had mentioned a few times to her husband, Calvin, that she’d love to skate just one more time.
With unwavering love and support from family (a key ingredient to a Parksinson patients’ success), Calvin secretly arranged to have a private roller skating session at Airline Skate Center.
When Calvin broke the news, Sandra was elated and said, “Bring it on! I want to be me again.”
The Airline Skate Center team went above and beyond making Sandra’s dream come true. Owners Robert (Bob) Jean and Elizabeth Runnels, as well as Assistant Manager Holly Frix, ensured every detail was perfect for Sandra from the lighting to playing her favorite Fats Domino song while she skated.
Calvin, Sandra’s grandson Justin, and Baudry’s PTA Christina Combel accompanied Sandra to the skate rink for moral support and to ensure she didn’t hurt herself.
“My family, therapists and the Airline Skate Center team was amazing. Everyone went out of their way to make this day happen and I will never forget it,” said Sandra. “Each person seemed to take pride in their part and I met some of the nicest people ever.”
When asked how she felt on skates again, Sandra responded, “It was an amazing feeling and one I will always remember. It took me back in time and I didn’t think of Parkinson’s Disease because I needed to concentrate and work hard. I intend to do it again, too. Even though I got tired, I want to finish what I started.”
Living with Parkinson’s Disease
As a patient in Baudry’s LSVT/ BIG program for Parkinson’s Disease, Sandra had the right mindset to add skating to her bucket list. But a positive attitude wasn’t always Sandra’s way.
“Before I started LSVT/BIG, I had just about given up on therapy. The BIG program helped me tremendously. It taught me to have a positive mindset and utilize the movements to keep going. Without the right attitude, I could’ve easily coasted downhill.”
One might say, Sandra suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, but we don’t like to think of it that way. We like to think she is living life to the fullest with Parkinson’s. Her advice to others who are living with Parkinson’s or other physical limitations is “if you like something, do it because age is only a number so don’t let it stop you. Don’t let PD take over your life. Skate away, dance pretty and enjoy the music.”
Sandra said, “I felt like I accomplished something special and it was also funny to do this at my age with such desire and determination. It seemed to make everyone feel good about their part.”
“I’m so thankful for the friendship, trust and encouragement I receive from Baudry. Rich is truly a champion. He helps me tremendously both physically and mentally. I believe in him.”
Rich Baudry said, “Parkinson’s Disease or any other movement disorders can certainly have a big impact on your life, but as Sandra says, ‘I have Parkinson’s but it doesn’t have me.’ Sandra’s tremendous attitude helps her live well, no matter what is thrown her way.”
Sandra is a huge testimony for the power of mindset, courage, and perseverance. She has Parkinson’s but it doesn’t have her. She emulates the true meaning of BRIO.
“Calvin and Sandra’s story is a great example of what a family and friendship is all about,” said Rich. “The support that they provide each other is impressive and inspiring. We can all learn a lot from them.”
Tips for Living with Parkinson’s Disease
Believe in yourself and the people willing to help you.
Remember a good past but create new memories.
Show family and friends that you are in the game.
Keep trying, even if you don’t succeed on your first try.
Challenge yourself both mentally and physically with something new and different
Bean advocate for your own health and your loved ones! If you or someone you know is living with Parkinson’s and would like to get more out of life – find their BRIO again – contact us today to learn more about the LSVT/ BIG program (link to page) at Baudry Therapy Center.