Happy 70th Birthday, Nancy Koelling!Category: Newsworthy Notes
Join us in celebrating Nancy Koelling's 70th Birthday, September 20.
In a selfless gesture, in honor of her birthday, Nancy has chosen Parkinson’s Resource Organization for donations in lieu of gifts. Bringing awareness to the Parkinson's community for all those affected by Parkinson’s or Parkinsonisms and honoring her friend Dorothy and her husband who are affected by Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Nancy invites you to join her. Nancy grew up in Chicago, IL. She married Randy McDonald in 1967 and had a daughter named Valerie. They left the Midwest and traveled to San Jose, CA. In 1977, Nancy & Valerie moved to West Hollywood where Nancy worked as a Secretary, Professional Soccer Business Development Salesperson, Contracts Administrator in Motion Pictures, Correspondent Banking Administrator, and Elementary School Teacher and School Librarian. Nancy retired in 2005 and became a Consumer Advocate and Volunteer in Long Beach Unified School District, where she coordinated art projects with students.
In 1995 Nancy married Ron Koelling with Valerie as her maid of honor. Nancy and Ron will be celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary this coming November. Valerie McDonald now works at Stanford University. In December 2014, Nancy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Thankfully, with this diagnosis she was able to start feeling better physically and emotionally as the prescribed medications helped to level her off and she has stopped falling, feeling depressed and tired. “I am so grateful, it’s a whole new world out there for me. I am appreciating everything and every day. Even food tastes better.”
“Our 2-year old Maltese/Poodle, Joey, is a great little guy who helps me keep active and stay happy. His enthusiasm for life is very contagious! I feel so very blessed with a loving family and supportive friends. Life is good!”
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REMEMBER, please leave a message for Nancy as you make your donation. As a non-profit, charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, donations are tax deductible. PRO is a "social" model with the mission to educate and emotionally support families affected by Parkinson's, gain and maintain the greatest "quality of life" as they go through their journey, until a cure is found.