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Gannon Occupational Therapy Students Earn Audree Parr Parkinson Champion Award

Published: 04/29/2021

Occupational therapy students Tabytha Smith and Lauren Greenlee accepted this award on behalf of Gannon University OT.

Occupational therapy students Tabytha Smith and Lauren Greenlee accepted this award on behalf of Gannon University OT.

Gannon Occupational Therapy Student Volunteers for the Parkinson Partners of NWPA Parkinson Wellness Program were selected as the 2020 Audree Parr Parkinson Champion Award winners for their dedication and commitment to the Program; their work was recognized as vital to the health and growth of services, education and support for those with PD and their families.

Lynne Gotham from Parkinson Partners of NW PA presented Gannon OT students with their award, accepted by Tabytha Smith and Lauren Greenlee on behalf of all students past and present who have volunteered with the Wellness Program.

Gannon's OT students and program were nominated by Tom Hudson, administrator of the Wellness Program and past Gannon faculty. Tom's nomination reads in part: 

"Without their loyalty to and presence in the Purposeful Movement and Wellness Program, this program could not have been initiated nor have been maintained for the past 11 years. The Wellness Program - in order to provide a safe exercise environment - provides one-on-one and sometimes two-to-one assistance to its participants who vary from early to late-stage Parkinson's Disease. The program prides itself on its ability to provide a safe, effective program of exercise. without the students providing contact guarding via the use of safety belts, verbal cueing and physical demonstrations the program coordinators could not implement the program to such a diverse group of participants. The occupational therapy students are verbally thanked after each fall, summer and spring program, but it is time to honor their loyalty and commitment in a special way with the Audree Parr Parkinson's Champion Award." 

Watch more from the ceremony and hear from our students and faculty: https://youtu.be/LpXc31396zs.