A Clear Lake woman who worked to raise awareness about Parkinson’s Disease will be honored at the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s MVP Dinner in New York City April 28.
Geri Berding was the force behind the first 5K Fun Run and Walk event held in Clear Lake last April. She shared her story of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s and with the support of many friends, co-workers and the North Iowa community at-large, raised $24,000 for Parkinson’s research.
Despite the fact that her father had been diagnosed with Parkinson’ a decade earlier, Geri said she hadn’t given serious thought to the possibility that she could suffer from the same disease. Even though she began to have some tremors in her early 40s.
Since there is no bio-marker for Parkinson’s, Geri says the disease is often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. “It is a disease which is well know by name, but not understood by the public."