George Lee is a member of Destination Rehab’s 2018 Adventure Group. He grew up in Maryland and served in the army as a military police officer for 24 years. After retiring from the military, George became a police officer for the city of Seattle, Washington. He and his wife Caryn moved to Bend in 2013 after retiring from the police department. In retirement, George is very active with the Central Oregon Council on Aging and Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon. Read on to learn more about George!
Q: How and why did you connect with Destination Rehab?
A: I learned about Destination Rehab thru the Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon where I participate in numerous activities from dancing to Tai Chi. I went on my first Destination Rehab event in 2017. We went kayaking at Drake Park.
Q: How would your family describe you?
A: My family and friends would describe me as a “gentle giant.” With my height and athletic build, I can appear intimidating. But, I try to make people feel at ease with a friendly, soft-spoken demeanour and warm smile.
Q: What is an unknown or lesser known fact about yourself?
A: My oldest daughter and I would spend time together roller skating, and I ended up loving it more than she did. As a result, I became quite skilled skater.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I love football and follow multiple teams including the Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks, as well as any team opposing the Dallas Cowboys or New England Patriots. I love football so much my wife considers herself a “football widow.” In addition to football, I enjoy playing a variety of activities and sports as well as participating in military events.
Q: What was your favorite Destination Rehab event from 2017 and why?
A: SOAR! I really enjoyed the table tennis station.
Q: What Destination Rehab event are you most looking forward to this year?
Q: What is a personal goal you have for this upcoming year?
A: I want to complete a 10K this year. I regularly participated in running events while in the army, but I have been able to run following my diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with the larger community?
A: Parkinson’s disease is not a death sentence or definition of the person. Rather, the person should define themselves for who they are in spite of the disease.