Living with Parkinson’s for the last 15 years, Wendell’s motto is “never give up.” An avid bicyclist, at the age of 87 Wendell turned in his two-wheeler for a recumbent tricycle, refusing to allow his Parkinson’s to interfere with his passion.
Along with his wife of 66 years, he founded “Team Wendell”, a cycling team that has raised money for Habitat for Humanity and Parkinson’s research. He also transformed his talent for painting into a means to help people with Parkinson’s through a signature art therapy project, “Parkinson’s Art Cart.”
As an active member of the Parkinson’s community in South Dakota, he uses his creativity and optimism to encourage everyone to fight Parkinson’s. “I want people to know that, yes, I have Parkinson’s, but I still love life. I want to tell everyone that it is possible to fight this disease, smile at yourself and hold off the inevitable,” he said.