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"My recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s shed light on the challenges of living with a chronic disease in a rural community. I am enthusiastic about working with PDF to bring information and support to people with Parkinson’s and care partners who reside in rural or remote areas.”
Mr. Woolnough is a retired high school principal and English teacher with more than 35 years of experience in California, Idaho and Alaska.
Mr. Woolnough was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2014, and the cause is especially close to his heart as his late father also lived with the disease. Soon after his diagnosis, he joined PDF’s Parkinson’s Advocates in Research program. In this role, he encourages other people with Parkinson's disease to get involved in research, often sharing his own experience of participating in six clinical trials.
Mr. Woolnough volunteers with several PDF programs. For example, he fundraises as a PDF Champion and shares his artwork as a member of the PDF Creativity and Parkinson’s Project. His photograph, Paddle On, is featured in PDF's 2016 Creativity and Parkinson's Calendar. In addition to his work with PDF, he serves as the Idaho assistant state director with the Parkinson’s Action Network.
Mr. Woolnough received his bachelor of arts from California State University, Dominguez Hills and his master of arts in education administration from California State University, Los Angeles.