Tony began having tremors in his 20’s. He had his suspicions but didn’t secure a diagnosis until more than a decade later — Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, or YOPD. Tony and his family had so many questions but even after multiple trips to Vanderbilt University hoping for answers, Vanderbilt could not give Tony the answers he needed.
Tony started a website to help everyone – from those just diagnosed to those who have suffered with PD for years. Tony currently posts any and every article possible that he believes will help the PD patient find answers. For his efforts, Tony was nominated for a Leadership Evansville Award in the category of social services and health. When pressed about the nomination, Tony says his goal is to help as many people as possible.
Tony cited the recent Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana’s Symposium in Evansville as a great source of information. “Stress is poison for me” Tony said. Doing research for the website and being open to help anyone cope has provided a method to fight PD and to reach as many people as possible.