David Mays is a member of Destination Rehab’s 2018 Adventure Group. After growing up in eastern Washington, graduating from Washington State University, working in Phoenix, AZ in local government, and moving to Bend, OR with his wife, Sheri, for retirement, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Following that diagnosis, David became very involved with Central Oregon Parkinson’s Council which has been very fulfilling and rewarding for himself and all participants of the organization. Read on to learn more about David!
Q: How and why did you connect with Destination Rehab?
A: I connected with Destination Rehab at last year’s SOAR! event helping at the pickleball station.
Q: How would your family describe you?
A: My wife would say that I’m witty, smart, helpful, and giving. I think she exaggerates a lot.
Q: What is an unknown or lesser known fact about yourself?
A: After moving to Bend, Sherri and I purchased 2 horses to “keep us busy.” We enjoy caring for them, having them around, and riding them on BLM land. These days, it’s a little hard to ride with some balance issues post-PD diagnosis.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I enjoy playing pickleball and table tennis as well as be nearing animals whether it is caring for our horses or feeding the local wildlife.
Q: What was your favorite Destination Rehab event from 2017 and why?
A: SOAR! It was such a special day with so many people being able to participate in activities they are not normally comfortable doing. The look of happiness and joy on the people’s faces is frequently on my mind. It was an organized, well executed event!
Q: What Destination Rehab event are you most looking forward to this year?
A: I’m looking forward to all of the Adventure Group’s events. The adventure group is a great group of people with various neurological challenges that are working to break out of their comfort zone. This group will also spotlight the Central Oregon community’s need for more exposure on neurological conditions.
Q: What is a personal goal you have for this upcoming year?
A: I want to figure out ways to live each day to its fullest potential. I want to continue to grow in assisting others with the daily challenges that accompany PD.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with the larger community?
A: There is a growing need for services for people battling neurological disorders in Central Oregon. We need more neurologists as well as more activities and support services. I hope we can start the discussion on how to bring these resources to the area.