The Alamo Area Parkinson’s Support Group (AAPSG) is a not-for-profit, community-based volunteer health organization committed to serving the Parkinson disease (PD) community in San Antonio and South Texas through advocacy, education, support programs and financial support to research. The AAPSG is a chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), a national organization founded in 1961 to “Ease the Burden and Find the Cure” for Parkinson’s disease. The mission of the AAPSG is to provide education, outreach and support programs for patients, their care partners, and medical community to help ease the burden for people with Parkinson’s, and to conduct advocacy and fundraising programs and solicit financial support to help with research to find a cure.
The AAPSG is committed to building a future where every person in south Texas affected by PD has access to information, resources, and support and companionship of a community to help ease the burden of living with Parkinson’s. The AAPSG, by raising funds: and advocating with regional and national leaders is also dedicated to supporting medical research to find a cure, and creating a world without Parkinson’s disease.
Rayenari E. Suarez | AAPSG President
Realtor & eMarketing Director of eXp International Luxury
“Social media and social networking are powerful tools: We need to provide value to the community by creating relevant and engaging content. It is only trough appreciation to our donors and benefactors, advocacy towards the creation of educational and support programs and appealing to the public for support that we will succeed in our efforts to Ease the Burden and Find the Cure. ”
Raul Garza | AAPSG Vice President
Raul has been married for 46 years with two grown children. He has enjoyed a career as a self-employed mechanical contractor since the early 1980s and is just now approaching retirement. He has been involved over the years in several charitable organizations – the largest of them as a Clown in the Alzafar Shrine Association fundraising for the Shrine Crippled and Burned Children’s Hospitals. After receiving his Parkinson’s diagnosis, Raul has focused his energy to stay active and keep moving. He attends both Pilates and boxing sessions weekly as well as sticking to a daily fitness regimen. He looks forward to his time serving as a board member with this organization.
Albert Cervera | Treasurer
Dianne Johnson | AAPSG Board Medical Adviser
Movement Disorders R.N.
-Information and referral coordinator for the national APDA
“My goal is to continue to be active raising awareness, through patients education and fund raising to “Ease the Burden and find a cure ” through Optimism. ”