COAST CITIES — At the Victory Summit, a local educational and inspirational event for people living with Parkinson’s disease and their families, at the La Costa Resort in Carlsbad on Feb. 5, the Davis Phinney Foundation will present June Brunson of Oceanside with a Local Hero Award for her dedication to the Parkinson’s community.
In addition, healthcare professionals will discuss new ways Parkinson’s sufferers can incorporate movement and exercise into their daily lives to help improve overall quality of life.
Brunson has been an educator and source of inspiration to the local Parkinson’s community for several years after turning initial denial into determination following her husband Norris’ diagnosis 11 years ago.
She serves as a board member and leader of the North County Parkinson’s Support Group in Vista. She is a member of the Tremble Clefs therapeutic singing group, where people with Parkinson’s and family members share their love of singing, maintain/enhance vocal skill through breathing, posture and voice volume exercises. She is also an active participant in the Parkinson Association of San Diego 5K Walk and Fun Run; her team raised $16,000 together last year alone. In addition, she has spoken about Parkinson’s to local groups.
Brunson is dedicated to creating a sense of community for people with Parkinson’s and takes care not only of her husband but countless others, as she has established a courtesy-call program that reaches out to people with Parkinson’s every three months, and a directory to connect people with local resources and share their experiences with each other. She also provides rides to people who need help getting to meetings when they are unable or not feeling up to driving themselves. She believes in exercise and encourages people with Parkinson’s to exercise every day.