Dr. Gilbert Hosts: Parenting & Parkinson’s Disease

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Helena Rodriguez is a person with Parkinson’s disease (PD), diagnosed in 2010. When she retired in 2015, believing a cure was “just around the corner,” she got involved as an advocate, taking part in clinical trials and treatment research studies. She co-leads and leads three virtual support groups. She sees it as her mission to raise awareness of the needs of families and people with PD. Ms. Rodriguez has two adult children and lives in New York with her husband, two dogs, and a noisy parrot. In June 2022 the family was blessed with the first member of the next generation. She enjoys painting, a new skill she developed thanks to a Parkinson’s disease research study she participated in. Her works have been displayed in NYC and Florence, Italy.

Alex Rodriguez is Helena’s son who recently got married in May 2022. He works for a national company based near his home. He is an avid soccer fan and NYCFC supporter. In his spare time, he enjoys bowling and also plays video games, a skill he used to raise over $2000 for APDA.

Takahiro (Hiro) Shigemitsu is a software engineer who was diagnosed with PD when he was 45 years old. He hikes on weekends throughout the year to stay fit and fight Parkinson’s.

Hanna Shigemitsu is Hiro’s daughter and is currently a senior in high school. Her dad has PD and she enjoys getting involved with APDA events. She is very excited to be a part of this broadcast!

John Capone has been living with PD for six years and is the father of two toddlers.  He inspires others with his motivational and no-nonsense messages on Instagram. His positive messages and his unique delivery caught the eye of the director, Grant Singer, who cast him in a movie – playing a character with Parkinson’s disease. Reptile will be released this month, December 2022.


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