created at: 2011-09-20“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.

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