Diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s at age 32 after a battle with colon cancer, Allison has turned her many challenges into opportunities to grow and help her local community. She is actively involved in creating and organizing Parkinson’s support groups, fitness classes and other events, and educates people about Parkinson’s as a motivational speaker. “It is such an honor to be recognized because it reaffirms my life journey,” Allison said.
“Being chosen as a Superstar reminds me how many people I have touched and gives me strength to continue to reach more.” It was this desire to reach people that motivated her to write a book about her struggle with illness, “I Am Not Contagi ous.” The book is her platform to share her experiences and, in this way, empower people with Parkinson’s to speak out.
“Parkinson’s disease affects millions of people worldwide—breaking the stigma is half the battle,” she said. “By being active and raising awareness, we can offer more resources and learn more about the disease and how to slow its progression.”