David A. Bunch
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David Bunch, also known as "The Voice Of Parkinson's, spends hundreds of volunteer hours a month to further educate people with Parkinson's and provide many resources such as support groups, newsletters, seminars, and other educational information. David explains "Everyday something is taken away" as he explains his many support groups he is a facilitator for. David Bunch is also an instructor for PD101 which teaches newly diagnosed people and caregivers of Parkinson's to educate to them, What is PD, what are the symptoms, what are the options, and simply that they are not alone with the huge community he has built. The National Parkinson's Disease Alliance recognized David's incredible amount of volunteer hours and huge impact he has made and awarded him with their Inspirational Service Award.
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David was blindsided by his diagnosis over 5 years ago and was not given much information about the disease, treatment, or symptoms. He retreated home depressed until he was inspired to OWN IT! He used his humor to motivate himself to do hours and hours of self-research. He contacted hundreds of medical universities, neurologists, and clinics to compose his now famous list of Parkinson's symptoms which has hundreds of common symptoms on it. He shares this, along with other educational Parkinson's events, on a State wide Email newsletter that connects thousands of people with the disease to resources and support groups. The weekly newsletter consists of the mentioned symptom list, which allows patients to check off any of the experienced symptoms to expedite doctor appointments. Along with the symptom list includes an EVENTS list which shows any upcoming educational, informational, or research updates held in the community. Lastly, the newsletter holds a list of all of the Parkinson's support groups held in Southern California allowing people to chose which one to attend if any. Within all of this, David spends his time visiting these support groups and hosting other seminars to teach people the course, Parkinson's 101, after he realized there was no course in all of Orange County. David volunteers hundreds of hours a month with a passion to help individuals of Parkinson's and works hard to ensure they avoid the stranded, depressed feelings he experienced.
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The more you practice a task the more proficient you get -- of course every adult knows that (whether they like to admit it or not). David loves to be proficient so he practices daily, practices doing those things that make him valuable for the very reason of being of value. Blessings David, I'm a big big fan!
Devotion is not shown in a single act but by acts repeated over and over. I have watched David during meetings and at his desk in front of his computer seemingly from morning to night combing the internet for more information to share as insight and encouragement for people with PD and their families -- devoted he is and most definitely a hero.
Attending Parkinson's Symposiums (ia) is very valuable. The information is helpful and stimulating. Volunteering for such an event is the top on my list.
Thanks for making them available.
What each of us do with our Parkinson's challenges is the important part of life. Every day something is taken away from us, be it big or small, most times not to be regained.
So what we do is deal with what we have left and keep a strong attitude believing that the 'Cure' is on it's way.
HOPE is our mantra...
Everything David does for the local Parkinson's community is on a volunteer basis. Most notably in my experience is the fact that he organizes and co-hosts the only weekly meeting of a support group every Tuesday at 10:30am called "Coffee and Chat" which meets at Atria Senior Living's facility in Irvine. Additionally every Monday he keeps Parkinson's patients advised via email of any and every Parkinson's related event in Orange County that we patients and our caregivers might desire to attend. If any of the people who attend his weekly meetings has a question that he doesn't know the answer to, he will research it and return the next week with the answer for them. In addition, David teaches a Parkinson's 101 class for anybody (Parkinson's patients or their spouses and/or caregivers) who is interested in learning "the basics" of living with Parkinson's Disease. Again, all without financial compensation. You've got my vote for this award David. Thank you for all you do!