Benicia Parkinson’s Awareness Rally 
Join us on April 15.  Walk @ 9AM, Program @ 10AM
The Benicia Parkinson's Support Group is pleased to invite you first to walk to raise awareness of Parkinson's Disease in honor of Bill Cawley, one of our members who sadly recently passed away.  Then we invite you to join the informational program on what is now the fastest growing neurodegenerative disease in the world.  Learn about the support and services available from the 20+ exhibitors and vendors who will be participating.  Network with them and others in attendance.  Enjoy the refreshments provided by Benicia restaurants and take home handouts and information resources in your special event tote bag.   Purchase a beautiful event T-shirt  to help raise funds for the Parkinson Association of Northern California (PANC), which provides support for people with Parkinson's locally and throughout Northern California.

Check-in/registration for the walk begins at 8:30 AM. Doors open to the public for the Program check-in/registration at 9:30 AM.

To secure your T-shirt in the size of your choice, registration online is mandatory by
9 AM March 28, . You may be able to purchase a T-shirt on site, but available sizes will be limited.

Online event registration by April 14 is strongly advised to reserve your spot, as seating is limited.  It will also save you the hassle of registering on site.  Just check in - we'll be ready for you.
Benicia Veterans Memorial Hall
1150 First Street,
Benicia, CA. 94510
Date & Time
April 15, 2023,
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Benicia Veterans Memorial Hall
1150 First Street, Benicia, CA. 94510
Use i780 to get to Benicia.  Use the 2nd Street turnoff.  Go south to the stoplight at Military Way.  Turn Right (West) on Military, quickly move to the left lane, and turn left onto First Street.  Benicia Veterans Memorial Hall is the first building on the left - there is a cannon in front of the building.  Look for the Rally banner.  To park, turn left onto K street - after passing the building - then again left behind the Hall into the parking lot.  You can enter the hall on the Parking lot level and use the elevator or stairs to go up to the level of the meeting hall.  If the parking lot is full, park along K street or First Street.  Saturdays are busy on First Street, so allow sufficient time to find parking.  
Benicia Parkinson’s Awareness Rally Program
Bill Cawley Memorial Walk
8:30 AM: Open for check-in/registration, receiving/purchasing Rally T-shirts.
9:10 AM - 9:40 AM: 30 minute Walk around City Park

Informational Program
9:30 AM: Doors open for check-in/registration, receiving/purchasing Rally T-shirts
10:00 AM: Program Begins:
Thanks to Community Supporters: Benicia Luthern Church, Valero, Benicia Community Foundation, Carquinez Village, restaurants
Presentations by Benicia City Councilman Trevor Macenski; Executive Director of PANC Jan Whitney; Davis Phinney; Alfred Sims, Director of Solano County Veterans Services
Remembering Bill Cawley and Judie Donaldson
Movement Break with Carol Kemper, Certified PWRMoves! Exercise Instructor
“PD beyond the Pill: Technological Advances in Parkinson’s Disease” - Dr. Miguel Ruvalcaba, Movement Disorder Specialist, Kaiser Roseville
"Laughter Makes Your Brain Work Better" - Teena Miller
Refreshment break and Visit Exhibitors
Movement Energizer with Carol Kemper
"Mindfulness for Mental Fitness" - Linda Lawless, MA, LMFT, LMCH
"The role of the Speech Language Pathologist in Management of Parkinson’s Disease" - Charlene Fredman, MS, CCC-SLP, Sutter Care at Home
"Movement is Medicine" - Jeannie Ton-That, Vallejo Kaiser Physical Therapy
"What Next?" - Frederick Lowe, M.D., PANC Board Member with improv led by Robert Cochrane, Ph.D., YAX Founder and CEO

Parkinson's Awareness Month.  It’s a time to increase public awareness about a disease that detrimentally affects the lives of 1.5-2 percent of the population over the age of 60. A time to inspire the action required to provide support for those suffering with this illness.  If you know someone in your family, social circle or community with Parkinson’s, consider reaching out to them. This can be a very isolating disease — both physically and emotionally. It can be very stressful facing a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which at this time there is no cure. Your offer of support may make a significant difference.  Learning about the disease and how it affects those that live with the daily challenges will help your understanding and enlist your support for the urgency that the Parkinson’s community has with regards to the search for better treatments and ultimately a cure.
The Benicia Parkinson's Support Group is a small group of PD patients and care partners who meets monthly on the second Saturday at 10AM in the Benicia Lutheran Church at 201 Raymond Dr.  For those who cannot attend in person, joining by zoom is available. The group share stories of their challenges and funny moments. They learn from each other on how to navigate through this neurodegenerative disease.  they laugh together and support each other. They learn about PD  from guest speakers.   It is free to attend.  If you are interested or if you need more information, please contact the Facilitator, Brad Miller, at 707/515-9216 or [email protected]. Brad started the group with LeeAnn Cawley and Bic and Fred Lowe in the fall of 2018,after the Vallejo Support group disbanded, and organized the first Parkinson Awareness Rally held April, 2019. PANC was also instrumental in getting the group started, and is an ongoing partner. 

The Parkinson Association of Northern California (PANC).  We are an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with Parkinson's, their families and care-partners. PANC has been serving Northern California since 1996. With a small staff, an active Board, an amazing Medical Advisory Panel, a group of dedicated volunteers and outstanding Community Partners, we are able to accomplish so much. PANC is not about ‘the cure’. It is about building a community that enhances the quality of life for those with Parkinson’s and helps them find joy in life despite the challenges. It is about supporting care-partners with understanding and love. It is about providing ongoing education, because understanding helps. It is about being sure everyone who needs us knows how to find us. Finally, it is about learning that patience is required and attitude is everything.

The City of Benicia.  After the Rally you are invited to enjoy Benicia.  The third capital city and the third incorporated city of the State of California, Benicia is a waterfront city of 28,000. It is known for its small-town charm, history, and high quality of life. It has a vibrant downtown filled with delicious food, artisan, antique, wellness and fashion shops as well as historical buildings, a scenic waterfront and marina.  Benicia offers an abundance of leisure and recreational activities. Here is the URL to learn more about what to do and where to eat, shop and explore in Benicia:
Carol Kemper
Personal Trainer
Carol Kemper is a certified PWRMoves! exercise instructor for Parkinson’s Disease and a NASM certified personal trainer. Carol has over 15 years experience teaching private clients and group classes. She specializes in working with those diagnosed with Parkinson’s through her weekly zoom classes and individual private sessions.
You can contact Carol for more information by visiting her website or email at [email protected]
Miguel Ruvalcaba, M.D.
Movement Disorder Specialist

Following his specialty training in U.C. Davis, He is now the movement disorder specialist for Roseville Kaiser.   His passion includes raising awareness of Parkinson's Disease to underrepresented communities and providing a patient centered approach to care.
Teena Miller
Laugh Therapist
Diagnosed with late stage cancer, Teena set out to find the tools she needed to keep her on this planet. Laughter Yoga was that Tool.
Teena trained with Dr. Madan Kataria,MD, becoming a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher.  Teena has brought her Laughing Heart Connection Programs to Dialysis Patients, Kaiser Hospital Rehab Patients, Parkinson Disease patients and to Corporate Clients such as Roche Pharmaceuticals Upper Management.  In 2016 Teena was honored by the American Cancer Society as their California Hero of Hope and in 2017 Dr. Kataria honored Teena with the Laughter Ambassador title.
Linda Lawless, MA, LMFT
A senior psychotherapist who has studied and practiced mindfulness since 2006. Diagnosed with PD 5  years ago,  she has explored how Mindful Awareness can be used as a tool for increasing well-being.
Charlene Fredman, MS,
Speech Therapist
She has been a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) for 26 years, specializing in neurogenic disorders/diseases. Currently working with Sutter Care at Home, she is a certified provider of the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Program - Loud (LSVT Loud - 2009) and certified provider of the SPEAK OUT! Parkinson’s Voice Project (2021).
Jeannie Ton-That, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMOT
Physical Therapist
Jeannie Ton-That is a physical therapist at Kaiser Vallejo and is charge of the Parkinson’s group exercise program. She is certified in LSVT big and loud and had post graduate residency training in proprioception neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) focusing on neurological patients. She is very active  in martial arts, tennis, soccer and running.

Frederick Lowe, M.D.
Internal Medicine Specialist
With his wife, Bic, who has Parkinson’s Disease, helped found the Benicia Parkinson’s Support Group.  With no existing cure for Parkinson’s, he has searched far and wide to better understand it, and find how to help improve resulting dysfunctions.  
He will share what brings him hope for the future.
Robert Cochrane, Ph.D.
YAX CEO, Founder, and
Lone Nut

Dr. Robert Cochrane is a graduate of UNLV's Integrated Health Sciences department. He's researching the effect of improvisation and storytelling on Parkinson’s disease. He received grants from the Parkinson's Foundation and support from the Davis Phinney Foundation along the way. He brings joy, optimism and practical tools for people in the PD community to thrive today.

He has a background in filmmaking, making his first documentary, the award-winning Boys of Summer in 2004. His father, Dan, was diagnosed with PD in 2001, which shifted Robert’s artistic lens to health.
Waiver of Liability for Walk participants
Bill Cawley Memorial Walk
Benicia Parkinson’s Support Group
Waiver of Liability
I, the undersigned assume full and complete responsibility for any injury or accident, which involves me during my participation in the Bill Cawley Parkinson’s Memorial Walk or while I am on the premises of the event. 
I hereby release and hold harmless the Benicia Parkinson’s Support Group, PANC, the City of Benicia, the sponsors, promoters and all other persons and entities associated with the event or their agents or employees, or otherwise. 
I will not enter and participate unless physically able.  I assume the risk associated with this event, including but not limited to falls, contact with participants, the effects of weather including high heat and/or humidity, and the conditions of the walking course, all such risks being known and appreciated by me.
In addition, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases and voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 and/or other communicable diseases by participating in this event. 
I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use my photographs, motion pictures, recordings or any other record of this event for any legitimate purposes.  
I understand that this event does not provide for refunds in the event of a cancellation, and by signing this waiver, I consent that I am not entitled to a refund if the event is cancelled before or during the event.
I have read the forgoing and certify my agreement.
Signature: ______________________________________________

Parent’s/Guardian’s Signature (if minor): __________________________________

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