Welcome to the Official Website for the Parkinson’s Association of West Michigan (PAWM).

A desire to learn and interact through a group provides many benefits. Socializing and sharing can enhance our lives. PAWM is open to your ideas as well as helping address your needs. We are dedicated to providing support, events, and information for people with Parkinson’s in the West Michigan area.

PAWM is an 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing support, information, and connection to the global community for people with Parkinson’s and their families.  To learn more about PAWM, click HERE.


Latest News

West Michigan Chapter to promote the North Country Trail as a Health Travel Destination

A PRESS RELEASE was generated on April 11, 2017 discussing the North Country Trail.   The North Country Trail Association (NCTA) announces a 2017 partnership with Parkinson’s Association of West Michigan (PAWM) to promote the use of its trail and the benefits of hiking for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families. Both organizations serve the
West Michigan community, with the 4600-mile national trail meandering through the western counties of Michigan and continues to North Dakota to the west and New York in the east.

For all the details of this partnership, the PRESS RELEASE can be read HERE.


Upcoming Events

Our meetings feature programs on physical and speech therapy, relaxation training, and other measures which are important in learning to live with Parkinson’s disease. We also schedule presentations by neurologists, researchers and other health professionals with Parkinson’s experience and training.  Learn more, visit our Events page.

April 24, 2017 (Monday): 2:30pmPic_BobKuhn

Parkinson’s Disease: Getting Better
Cathedral Square Center, 360 Division Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Learn how Robert Kuhn has lived with Parkinson’s Disease since 2006 and learned to not let it be the center of his life. Parkinson’s Disease is a part of his life but it does not control his life.  Robert continues to lead a successful professional career as the President of Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada.  He remains engaged as a lawyer who practices as general counsel to a wide variety of clients, primarily in the Vancouver region.  His personal life is just as fulfilling with adventures including motorcycle riding, scuba-diving, blogging, Scrabble, and sharing each day with a wonderful supportive family including his wife (of 40+ years), three grown children, and one grandson.

Complimentary parking will be available along with a complimentary dinner being served immediately following the event.  Admission is free with advance registration.  The online registration is CLOSED.  Please contact the PAWM office (616-954-8077) for additional information.

June 10, 2017 (Saturday): 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI
This FREE strategic health initiative will help fill in knowledge gaps, provide new educational tools and resources for the Parkinson’s community and empower Parkinson’s patients and families to optimize care at every stage of the disease. Everyone wanting to learn more about Parkinson’s the disease and living  with it should attend this Fantastic event.  Complimentary parking as well as breakfast and lunch will be provided to all registered attendees.  To RSVP, get the full agenda, and learn more, click HERE.KCC-logo

June 19, 2017 (Monday): Time: TBD
Annual PAWM Golf Scramble
Kent Country Club, 1600 College Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
This year’s PAWM Golf Scramble will be held at the beautiful Kent Country Club.  The details are still under development.  Once the event has been finalized, we will be reporting here all the details. So please check back soon.  In the meantime, please reserve this date and get your team organized.  We will have a silent auction and raffle for you to have fun and help donate to the cause.  We already have some teams making their reservations.  Therefore, the sooner you sign-up the sooner you can reserve your spot.  Please contact our office to make your reservation now, 616-954-8077.


About Parkinson’s Disease

PAWM is constantly searching for and providing current information sources pertaining to research, treatment, and topics that would be of interest to people with Parkinson’s, their families, and their caretakers.  To learn more, visit our About Parkinson’s page.


If you have any questions, about the local West Michigan chapter, please feel free to Contact Us.

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To support PAWM, please visit our Donate page.