Upcoming Events Join our Community Find a local event The Iowa Chapter’s annual educational events and fundraisers allow us to provide support and services for the Iowa Parkinson’s community and spread public awareness about the disease. Volunteering, sponsoring and participating in these events gives you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people with Parkinson’s, their families and their caregivers. PD Moves– Parkinson’s Ballroom Dancing Class With Des Moines University and Des Moines Ballroom Monday Evenings- beginning March 25th- May 13th 7:00 PM -8:00 PM What: Join us for our PD Moves—Ballroom Dancing Class in partnership with DMU and Des Moines Ballroom. People with Parkinson’s will be paired up with a DMU Physical Therapy student. Care Partners are also welcome to attend and participate. When: This is an 8 week class and will be held on Monday evenings, March 25th—May 13th. Where: Des Moines Ballroom Dance Studio 521 E Locust St. Suite 102 (Facing E 6th Street) Des Moines, IA Parking: Please park in the ramp on East 6th street (directly next door to the studio) for complimentary parking. Cost: This 8 week class is being offered free of charge and is sponsored by the Iowa Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. How do I sign up?: Register here online or call 515-241-6379 . The class will be taught by Tallis Strub, with the assistance of Dr. Kristin Lowry of Des Moines University. Parkinson’s Awareness Month Events Pints for Parkinson’s April 11, 2019- August 31, 2019 Buy your Passport Here To purchase your Pints for Parkinson’s Passport click here, or visit one of the 28 locations across the metro. Sales begin, April 11th and they are valid through August 31, 2019. Iowa Parkinson’s Annual Conference Friday, June 14, 2019 9:00 AM -4:00 PM Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines Learn more about our inspirational Keynote Speaker, Allison Topperwein! She will be sharing her story and how she became an “Obstacle Warrior”. Within the last five months of 2014, Allison Toepperwein separated and divorced her husband, was forced to sell her home, and with her young daughter, move back in with her dad. Then, on December 31, 2014, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at just 37 years-old. As she put her four-year old daughter, herself and the year 2014 to bed that night, she said, “This is not how my story is going to end!” She rose with the sun, a new year and a new beginning. Four days later she began blogging and two months later began exercising as her doctor considered it part of her treatment. Toepperwein has been a regular contributor to the HuffPost and competed on American Ninja Warrior twice. Her Movement Disorder Specialist has called her a medical marvel. Allison along with her daughter Emma are featured in APDA Look Closer Public Service Announcement. Allison is in the process of publishing a children’s book she wrote and illustrated based on her cat and feeling broken. She looks at life with Parkinson’s as a blessing. Thanks to her faith, her family and friends, she is a force to be reckoned with. *Additional speakers, topics and online registration coming soon!