Harriet Kitay – Volunteer Spotlight

Step into InMotion on a Monday morning and you’ll likely be greeted by Harriet Kitay’s welcoming smile. Harriet, who resides in Lyndhurst, welcomes clients and caregivers every Monday morning as a front desk volunteer.

A former owner of furniture stores, and current competitive bridge player, Harriet heard about InMotion from a friend. She said her time at InMotion has taught her “patience and positivity,” and she truly enjoys “the spirit of the clients and the warmth of the staff.”

One of the most touching experiences at InMotion for Harriet occurred several months ago. ...

Tonya Waggoner – Volunteer Spotlight

Say hello to Tonya Waggoner, one of our dedicated volunteers who helps out at our front desk on Friday mornings. Tonya was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005 shortly after moving to the Cleveland area and made a commitment to focus on her health and family. She first heard about InMotion through emails she received from “Shaking with Laughter” and Dr. Karen Jaffe and responded to a request for volunteers in one of the first InMotion newsletters. ...

Linda Schlein – Volunteer Spotlight

You can find Linda Schlein Thursday mornings behind the desk greeting clients and checking them in for class. Linda, a retired elementary school teacher, has been volunteering since InMotion opened its doors back in 2015. A longtime friend of Amy and Lee Handel, InMotion is a constant reminder to Linda of the wonderful legacy left behind by Lee that is being carried out by Amy.

Linda enjoys watching clients interact, smile and be happy. ...

Episode 12: To Make a Long F*cking Story Short

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration, and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

If you are having a particularly hard day, save this episode for a more optimistic one. I’m going to share a story that might wrench your insides. I share it because the timing of its arrival in my mailbox was poignant and more importantly because it is a thing of rare, intimate beauty. ...

Sheila Levine – Volunteer Spotlight

Sheila Levine photo

Sheila Levine, of Pepper Pike, has been volunteering at InMotion for the past two years. Sheila can be found behind the front desk Thursday mornings welcoming clients as they arrive for class. She is also a volunteer coach in the Mindful Movement class on Wednesday mornings.

Sheila was introduced to InMotion by Amy and the late Lee Handel. She is inspired by the connections clients form with one another and watching their enjoyment when participating in classes and conversing in the living room between classes. ...

InMotion Volunteers Being Honored at Pals In Motion

One reason InMotion is able to offer services at no cost to clients is due to our many volunteers who help us day in and day out, week after week – at the front desk and in our classes. We would not be able to do what we do without them! We are thanking them for all that they do by dedicating the 2018 Pals In Motion race in their honor. ...

Episode 11 – The Dopamine Dialogues

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

Make a follow-up appointment in six months,” my movement disorders specialist, Dr. Bright, told me at my first appointment with him. I walked out of his office with a life-changing diagnosis, relieved that I didn’t need tests, medication or other interventions, but in a kind of stupor, wondering how I was supposed to fold this new knowledge about myself into the fabric of my everyday life — for the next six months! ...

InMotion Appoints New Members to the Board of Directors

InMotion is pleased to announce the appointment of seven new members to our Board of Directors. Please join us in welcoming:

Jim Bickel

Jim has an over 35-year career in Information Technology management and consulting in several different industries and assignments.  Most recently Jim was the IT Director for the Cleveland Foundation for 15 years.  His education background includes a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Penn State University. ...

Episode Ten: Is the Honeymoon Over?

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

Parkie:” consonants give this diminutive a derogatory bite, but it’s the name generally accepted by those of us with PD. The first time I heard someone in our Parkinson’s Facebook group call herself a “Parkie,” I cracked up. A few weeks later, because my arms don’t swing when I’m walking unmedicated — a classic PD characteristic — I laughed even harder when a fellow Parkie referred to people without Parkinson’s as “arm swingers.”

I’ve felt buoyed, belonging to a club in which laughing at our serious disease is allowed, encouraged, even prescriptive.

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Episode Nine: The Dopamine Diaries

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration, and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

In recent years, the brain, with its nearly 100 billion neurons that make at least 100 trillion connections, has become hot territory, science’s final frontier. And of all the brain’s chemicals, dopamine, the chemical messenger that becomes depleted in people with Parkinson’s, is the media darling, “the Kim Kardashian of neurotransmitters,” because it’s often discussed in the context of risky behavior involving sex, drugs or gambling. ...