January 2020 Grant Recipients

January 2, 2020

Parkinson’s Nebraska is on a mission to be the primary source of Parkinson’s disease education, support, and services in Nebraska. One way we support the Parkinson’s community is by providing financial support to programs that are making a difference in the lives of people with Parkinson’s and their families. We are proud to announce our latest round of grant recipients!

Kris Costello

Kris teaches the Functional Movement for Seniors class at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE. She attended the Delay the Disease training this past July because she wanted to provide more specialized services to the people with PD in her class. She was awarded a grant to provide medicine balls, which she can use to introduce new exercises and improve the quality of the class!

If you are in Lincoln, stop by Kris’ Functional Movement for Seniors class:

Functional Movement for Seniors
Messiah Lutheran Church
1800 S 84th St.
Lincoln, NE 68506
Fridays 11:00-11:45 am
Cost: $30/ 6- week session or $10 drop- in
Kris Costello

Grand Island YMCA Rock Steady Boxing Class

The Grand Island YMCA, with the Grand Island Balance Mobility ands Aquatic Center, provides a Rock Steady Boxing class to the Grand Island community, and it keeps growing! We are thrilled to present the Grand Island YMCA with a training grant for another professional to become a certified Rock Steady Boxing coach!

Go and see Ashlyn and the other Rock Steady Boxing coaches at the Grand Island YMCA:

Rock Steady Boxing
Grand Island YMCA
221 E. South Front St.
Grand Island, NE 68801
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Monday and Friday 11:00 am- 12:00 pm
$75 initial evaluation
Contact Grand Island YMCA for membership options
Ashlyn Cramer: 308-398-2170; acramer@grandislandpt.com
Grand Island YMCA: 308-398-9622

Craig Bontrager and Jefferson Community Health & Life

Craig Bontrager, director of the Burkley Fitness Center at the Jefferson Community Health & Life, is passionate about increasing Parkinson’s services to Fairbury. Fairbury has a Parkinson’s support group and large number of people with Parkinson’s in the area. Parkinson’s Nebraska is proud to award Craig with a training grant to become a Rock Steady Boxing certified coach and Jefferson Community Health and Life with a grant to pay for the affiliate fee to get the class started! We are thrilled to work with Craig to meet a need and bring services to the Fairbury community.

Classes coming in Fall 2020!

Jody Augustyn at the Sherman County Senior Center

Jody teaches a Strength and Balance yoga class at the Sherman Senior Center in Loup City, NE. She attended the Delay the Disease training to be able to provide more specialized services to the large PD population in the area, and she is dedicated to improving lives.  Parkinson’s Nebraska is proud to award Jody with an ongoing class sponsorship, making it our first sponsored class outside of the Omaha metro!

Join Jody at the first specialized exercise class for people with Parkinson’s in Loup City:

Strength and Balance
Sherman County Senior Center
617 O St.
Loup City, NE 68853
Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00- 10:30 am
Cost: Contact Jody for cost information
Jody Augustyn

We are so grateful to have these professionals and organizations on our journey to fight Parkinson’s!