Care Resources for Parkinson’s

Taking care of a loved one with Parkinson’s is hard work. It can be challenging, exhausting, and frustrating. But remember, you are not alone. There are many great organizations that can give you advice and direct you to an organization to assist with providing care, finding a therapy program, and connecting to a trusted caregiver.

Taking care of a loved one with Parkinson’s is hard work. It can be challenging, exhausting, and frustrating. But remember, you are not alone. There are many great organizations that can give you advice and direct you to an organization to assist with providing care, finding a therapy program, and connecting to a trusted caregiver.

Caregivers are considered the second patient, this is a list of caregiver symptoms:

  • Mental exhaustion
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Self-care neglect
  • Mindfulness
  • Feeling angry
  • Financial difficulties
  • Difficulty solving problemsMental exhaustion
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Self-care neglect
  • Mindfulness
  • Feeling angry
  • Financial difficulties
  • Difficulty solving problems
  • Lack of coping skills
  • Lack of choice in being a caregiver
Have a question about Parkinson’s? Team Gateway To A Cure, along with Dr. Rachel Dolhun, a board-certified neurologist and movement disorder specialist at the Michael J. Fox Foundation are here to help! Using her medical expertise, clinical training, and years of experience, she creates tools and resources, including the Ask the MD series of blogs and videos, guides for living well, and Parkinson’s 360 to help people and families navigate life with the disease and understand their critical role in advancing research. She also serves as an expert spokesperson and thought leader, helping to distill complex medical topics for press interviews, global conferences, and community events. Dr. Dolhun is also active in educating the next generation of Parkinson’s care doctors through programs designed to stimulate interest in movement disorder careers and fund necessary training. Ask the MD: Stem Cells and Parkinson’s Disease
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Fago Franklin III

Board Member

Fago Franklin III is a member of the media, as well as a publicist. He started as a journalist in 2012 and worked his way up the scales. In 2019, he started interning as a publicist with a small firm and later started his own business called Newsstitched Media.

Newsstitched Media is a combination of maximum exposure on brands, as well as content. Some call him Superman, because he does multiple things in the sports and entertainment industry.

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Jeff Maher

Board Member

After witnessing Jennifer Cobb’s tireless work with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Team Gateway To A Cure, Maher knew he wanted to be a part of the foundation.

As an ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery, Maher has encountered many Parkinson’s patients throughout his career and witnessed firsthand the multitude of challenges they face along with their caregivers and loved ones.

Jumping at the opportunity to join Team Gateway To A Cure, Maher enjoys the organization’s creativity in finding new ways to highlight Parkinson’s Disease and raise awareness of ways to help patients, families, and caregivers.

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Kelly Ott

Board Member

A registered nurse specializing in research and hemodynamic monitoring and passionate about improving the outcome of patients, Ott is an Alumni Rams Cheerleader whose dedication to finding a cure became near and dear to her heart after her grandfather passed away from complications resulting from Parkinson’s disease.

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Tim Peterson

Board Member

After spending more than two decades creating and running successful businesses in Missouri and Illinois, Petterson looked for ways to give back to his community. Empowered by Jennifer Cobb’s enthusiasm, determination, and energy he wanted to become involved with Team Gateway To A Cure.

A former music director, event coordinator, and musician for the St. Louis Blues, Petterson turned his focus to bringing the Blues together with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Team Gateway To A Cure. Proud to be involved with something that makes people feel good inside, Petterson enjoys watching the smile the foundation puts on people’s faces.

Tim Brunette

Director of Strategic Planning

As the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Team Gateway To A Cure, Brunette brings over twenty years of experience building Strategic Partnerships through sales, marketing, new business development, promotions, and advertising.

Having worked for Anheuser-Busch, NBC Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and as an independent Media Consultant for over ten years, Brunette has also volunteered with The Albert Pujols Family Foundation, Responder Rescue, the Special Olympics, and as a coach for CYC (Catholic Youth Council).

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Jennifer Cobb

Founder/Executive Director

Jennifer’s mission to empower those suffering from and caring for people with Parkinson’s after her father, Dad, Ty Cobb, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Inspired to do more, she became involved with the Michael J. Fox Foundation, creating Soul to Sole, a 5K Run/Walk that raises money and awareness for Parkinson’s disease. Raising over $50,000 over two years she knew she could do more to get a message of support for families and patients who suffer from this chronic disease.

Outside of Soul to Sole, Jennifer wanted to bring some fun to charity events, while also giving, education, and most importantly, support to the families and the patients that are suffering from Parkinson’s. For Cobb, education is power but so is fun. “When mixed together they make life that much better.”