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Here are videos, press clippings, web features and honors accorded to Marty and Jean during their journey with Parkinson's disease.


The Flight To Nowhere


By: Jack Highberger

POSTED:APR 01 2017 09:30PM CDT

UPDATED:APR 01 2017 09:33PM CDT

(KMSP) - A flight to nowhere from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on Saturday helped a group of “Can Do Canines” achieve a critical moment in their training. 

For assistance dogs in training, this was a chance to experience the airport, getting to know the many sights, sounds and smells.

“You never know what you are going to run into at the airport,” said program instructor Kaity McGinn. “So it’s so important they can learn to be calm, cool, collected…and not have an accident.”

"Can Do Canines" teaches service dogs how to fly

Just like people, the dogs learned to navigate the TSA, and other complexities of modern air travel. This gives the chance to experience the nuances of flying.

Laverne during the "Flight To Nowhere" training. She has already flown with us to Washington, DC.

"When he brought up getting an assistance dog, Jean was originally against it. "

Find out what changed in this article presented by Can Do Canines.

Marty has been selected to have his story appear on the National Parkinson's Foundation web site in an area named My PD Story. 

Here's a little tease:

Over the last 18 years, I have suffered from tremors and balance issues. Once I was even told by a superior that I shouldn’t come to school after drinking. “Walking drunk among the students isn’t appropriate,” I was told. When I sought medical opinions to find out what was wrong with me, doctors told me that it was all in my head. Duh!

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My Angel My Hero

If we can conquer our own deep dark moments of life and still stand till; that is called faith and courage. Faith is stronger than everything else as someone has said ‘faith can move mountains’. God has given us a beautiful life to live to love to worship and many more things to do. And He has also blessed us with strength, potential and great abilities to cope with problems present in life. In today’s world everyone is fighting a war in oneself. But the one who has belief in God and miracles doesn’t feel alone. As Plato has said, “We are twice armed if we fight with faith”.

When a person find oneself in the middle of a forest surrounded by inescapable problem like one who has a disease like Parkinson’s disease will think that there is no way out and Parkinson’s is one’s destiny. But that’s not the case because one can deal with Parkinson’s with positive attitude and faith in God and miracles happen to those who believes. Just like those who believe that there must be a cure to Parkinson’s disease and they will surely find the cure one day.

Marty has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2014. However over the last 15-20 years his body started shaking and his legs started trembling. But he is a strong man with great power of faith. He has never lost his faith in God and in himself. Like in this video he said, “In my life my faith has been my constant partner.” His wife has been so helpful to him during his journey against this incurable disease. As he says in the video, “There will be a wedding in the family and I will be dancing; dancing with my angel, my wife.”

So have faith in God and in yourself.

This is the unedited version of a video that I completed for My Angel My Hero, a non-profit whose mission is to bring awareness towards different social causes such as Parkinson's disease. Here is my story of how faith and my wife are my angel and my hero.