Jeans to raise money for Parkinson’s

Monday, April 11, is jeans day in the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District.
Staff members pay to be able to wear jeans with money going toward the awareness of Parkinson’s disease. The district has raised nearly $2,000 for the cause in the past.
High school secretary Barb Skutka contracted Parkinson’s a few years ago and, seeing there weren’t any local support groups for those with the disease, started one herself.
The group meets monthly at First Reformed Church and averages 30 attendees — either those with Parkinson’s or their caregivers or both. Members hail from Sheboygan, Plymouth, Cedarburg, Random Lake, Sheboygan Falls, Port Washington, Saukville, Adell, Oostburg, Plymouth, Waldo and Cedar Grove.
Skutka plans activities for each meeting. In the past year, the group has heard a presentation from a physical therapist, played balloon volleyball while seated and bingo and held a Christmas social and its annual picnic in the park.
Skutka has had people to her house for a seminar, and her husband Sean started a book discussion on caring and coping.
Skutka has had two rotator cuff surgeries in 14 months that each required six months of recovery time. She said she is hiring a trainer and will start cycling classes this month and is getting outside to walk more now that the weather is better.
“My No. 1 goal is to get back to what I was pre-diagnosis (strength, endurance) and there should be no reason I can’t,” Skutka said.
For more information on the group, email Skutka at bskutka@wi.rr.com.
April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.

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