“The morning cruise began with a sunny, clear sky and balmy warm wind on my boat. Receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease threw me off course like a sudden and unforeseen ominous storm …”
These are the words that artist and JF&CS supporter Stepheny Riemer used to describe the quilted shoreline scene she made for the JF&CS Parkinson’s Community Quilt Project. Stepheny was one of 20 people with Parkinson’s, their care partners and adult children, and JF&CS staff who came together to create a quilt that represented their experience of this devastating disease.
The quilting project is the most recent initiative by the innovative JF&CS Parkinson’s Family Support Program that has long incorporated the arts into its programming through dance and choral groups.