At 46 years old, Parkinson Disease was one of the last things Todd Bischoff thought was the reason he was having trouble gripping a couple of crackers. But ultimately, after several tests, that’s exactly what doctors said was behind it all.
Down but not out, Todd is just like the estimated 60,000 people living with Parkinson disease in Wisconsin. He learned to overcome the unique challenges his Young Onset Parkinson disease presented and now tours the country empowering other Parkinson disease patients with his inspiring tips. He’ll be speaking at St. Mary’s Hospital on September 29th for the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association Dale and Nancy Ninmann Annual Parkinson’s Symposium.
In addition to Todd Bischoff, attendees of the symposium will hear about advances in Parkinson’s research. Valerie Joers, from the UW-Madison Neuroscience Training Program will talk about the role of biomarkers and the potential for gene therapy treatments. And Dr. Ron Kalil, a professor of neuroscience at UW-Madison and also a stem cell researcher will look at some of the new research being conducted with stem cells and what that could mean for the treatment of Parkinson disease.
Community booths will be open during registration and the lunch hour allowing people to learn about the latest in medical treatments, find community resources and speak with local health care providers.
Dale and Nancy Ninmann Annual Parkinson’s Symposium
Date: September 29 from 10:30a-2:30p (Registration is (9:30am-10:30am)
Location: St. Mary’s Hospital Conference Center – 700 S. Park St, Madison
Todd Bischoff, MS, CCLS, is an international speaker who shares advice and wisdom from his life experiences in order to inspire and motivate others to overcome their personal challenges. Currently battling Young Onset Parkinson disease, Todd continues to share his message of hope and determination wherever he can.
Today, there are over 1.5 million people in the United States who have Parkinson disease. Of this, it is estimated that more than 60,000 reside in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is a not-for-profit, local organization that increases public awareness and offers programs to individuals, families, and caregivers affected by Parkinson disease. These programs include Parkinson-specific exercise classes, a caregiver respite program, educational seminars, support groups and a statewide mentoring program. For more information, call (608)229-7628 or visit www.wichapterapda.org.