Thank you for watching A Tribute: Our Peeps!

We hope the video will bring attention to the movement disorder community and spread the message of Move, Laugh and Connect to those personally affected. We hope that the video will motivate people to support the many fine organizations dedicated to improving the lives of those with movement disorders. We hope that many communities will start classes in health/fitness clubs, churches, recreation centers, senior centers, hospitals, retirement communities, and nursing homes. We hope insurance companies will pay for movement disorder classes as therapy to extend the functional years. We hope there is A Tribute: Our Peeps II, III…


“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change” Jim Rohn

The Story

Many people have asked me, how did you think of this idea? Actually, it was a merger of emotions that evolved slowly. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s five years ago. I attended several physical and speech therapy sessions at different sites. Fortunately, some friends recommended a Movement Disorders class close to our home. This became the home base of the story.

The instructor was excellent and the exercises were very beneficial. There was a fun, social element, and I realized that something was occurring that would become very important. Friendships begin to form. We laughed together and cared for each other at a deep level, perhaps because we shared some of the same challenges.

As I reflected on why the class was so relevant, I realized that Move, Laugh, Connect, each were a vital component of the class. These collectively provided a strategy for our class to build on. The synergy of these three modules became powerful and unlike any previous program experience. I wanted to share this example with others in the movement disorder community beyond our local class. I sensed that we had hit on something special.

I realized that the most powerful and efficient way to get a message out is via the internet and especially social media. Since I am a “shade-tree musician,” I reasoned that if I wrote a rap song and produced a video featuring our class members; it may become a defining moment for others in the movement disorder community. I selected the rap genre because it is “happening” and typically not of our generation. This combination could be fun and entertaining.

From the beginning of this project, my wife and I were amazed at the support at all levels from the class members, the exercise instructors, fitness club staff, the music production crew, the videographers, and the video production crew. This project touched a nerve.

The class was unified and became a special team. We wanted to keep our message “organic,” so we chose to fund the video ourselves without sponsors. We wanted it to be heartfelt from people to people. It is for our “Peeps,” worldwide.

The filming of the video was a “hoot!” We laughed at and cheered for each other. Many people attended the filming sessions just to watch and support others. Everyone in the video has a movement disorder, none were actors. The strawberry tattoo was real! Not a single participant was harmed during the filming!

Charles & Susan

The Cast

Scroll over the cast members to see their rap names!

Our Peeps: Spotlight

We’ll be spotlighting our peeps over the next few months. Please click below to learn more about Barbara Ellen Dixon Harris


A Tribute Our Peeps
Fred Ransdell - Click to View! Diane Rogers - Click to View! Marilyn Stewart - Click to View! Jim Stubble - Click to View! Sherry George - Click to View! Tim Scheer - Click to View! Lori McWilliams - Click to View! Leon Levin - Click to View! Mary Kellen Malone - Click to View! Fred Hoster - Click to View! Ann Richardson - Click to View! Bobby Vlach - Click to View! Carol Sweet - Click to View! Lou Neeb - Click to View! Sara - Click to View! Ken Sutherland - Click to View! Ann Martin - Click to View! Charles Sterling - Click to View! Jo Klein - Click to View! Harold Kellogg - Click to View! Susan Marks - Click to View! Jim Rosenbloom - Click to View! John Demlow - Click to View! Larry Levey - Click to View! Roland - Click to View! Rod Myers - Click to View!

“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.”  Muhammad Ali


There are 25 classifications of movement disorders that affect 40 million people worldwide. Many people are isolated and lonely. Let’s reach out to them and all those with movement disorders.

We hope you’ll help us spread the message of Move, Laugh, Connect by sharing this website & video with your friends, family, colleagues, and community.

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Our Strategy

MOVE: Physical inactivity may be the greatest public health issue of our time. Studies conducted at The Cooper Institute, Dallas, Texas, show that a physically active person has about a 20 year advantage over a sedentary person in terms of function. Empirical data supports that exercise and physical activity are strongly associated with improved heart and lung function, reduction of cardiovascular risk factors, decreased risk of diabetes and hypertension, weight control, and an overall increase in both physical and emotional health. The true goal of exercise, however, is to create and maintain a body that will let us live life with quality. Exercise can extend the functional years and this is particularly critical to those with movement disorders. Kudo’s to the thousands of scientists, organizations and practitioners who have quantified the benefits of exercise and legitimized it as a valued prescription in our daily lives. Exercise is medicine. It’s a powerful pill. We must continue to MOVE.
LAUGH: Laughter has been called “internal jogging.” And, our grandmothers told us years ago that laughter is “the best medicine.” The many health benefits of laughing are well-documented including lower blood pressure, reduction of stress hormones, improved immunity, increased memory, alertness and creativity, to name a few. Laughing stimulates all parts of the brain and you laugh more around other people. Analyze and value your laugh environment. Although the mind-body conversations date back to Aristotle, today’s science continues to investigate (or advance) that thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes may positively or negatively affect our biological functioning. And it’s clear that happy people are healthier people. While the quest for happiness is complex in this difficult world, we can laugh. It can be a learned skill. Try to LAUGH 3 Xs a day. Sounds like an important RX!
CONNECT: A contemporary definition of health should include social connection. Studies indicate that “social capital” is one of the biggest predictors for health, happiness, and longevity. Ideally, people need to be connected to things bigger than themselves. One study showed that lack of social connection was a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure. Loneliness has been called the new tobacco. While social connection is important to all, it becomes especially important to people with disorders. It’s common they struggle with accepting their situation, missing what they use to do, and in many cases, missing their friends. Their world tends to get smaller. And, depression looms right around the corner for many. Being connected to family, a class, a club, a religion, or a cause, is a vital part in this chapter in their lives. Chris Peterson, one of the founders of positive psychology, puts it simply, “Other people matter.” No one makes it alone. CONNECT.

“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


Do you want to start a Movement Disorders Class in your community?

Churches, recreation centers, fitness centers, senior centers, retirement communities, nursing homes, and hospitals are all prefect sites, and there is little equipment needed to make it work.

If interested, we can help you get started with classes of your own. We offer remote consulting, which can include curriculum materials and direction, training, music and video support.

For more information, please email us at


Q: What is this all about?
A: Spreading cheer, inspiring.

Q: Is there a sponsor, government, or brand associated with Move, Laugh, Connect?
A: No, none have been solicited. This is people helping people. The message is not influenced by business.

Q: How can we stay current with you?
A: Via this website,, and Like us on Facebook.
And, you are welcome to email us.

Q: Does insurance pay for any of these services?
A: No, not yet. But it makes sense. This program may extend the functional years, eliminating or delaying the loss of independence. As the program grows, hopefully insurance will follow.

Q: Are you seeking contributions?
A: We are in the process of being confirmed for a 501(c)3 organization. We do welcome all contributions to further this cause now or later. You may contact us at We also encourage your support of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, The Davis Phinney Foundation and many other groups doing great work.