Capital Area Parkinson's Society

C.A.P.S. May 2024 Newsletter

Letter from C.A.P.S. Board Member, Sidney Collin

Dear CAPS Community,

I know many of you from the Health Education meetings, but for anybody who I haven’t met already, I am glad to connect with you and share a bit of my journey.

I joined CAPS as a board member about nine months ago, driven by a shared commitment to supporting those affected by Parkinson’s disease. Since then, I have been inspired by the dedication and connection of our community, and I am honored to contribute to our collective efforts.

My connection into the Parkinson’s world started when I was studying Biomedical Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. I met an American veteran named Jack Brill. Jack has Parkinson’s and experiences a symptom called “freezing of gait” that inhibits his walking. I looked into the research and found that there were over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles that showed how effective these cues were in improving mobility for people with Parkinson’s, but there was no accessible solution for Jack to use them at home. So I started a company, De Oro Devices, and developed NexStride—a discreet device that could attach to his walker or cane and used visual and auditory cues to improve his walking and reduce freezing. I built NexStride with the Parkinson’s community and have remained dedicated to this community since.

I would also like to take a moment to acknowledge the incredible leadership of Victor Becker, who led CAPS through a difficult time during COVID and allowed us to come out stronger on the other side. His dedication to our community has been truly inspiring, and I am grateful for his continued contributions previously as President and now as an advisor.

Through innovation, collaboration, and dedication, I believe we can bridge hope and opportunity for all those affected by Parkinson’s disease.

With gratitude and determination,

Sidney Collin
Co-founder, De Oro Devices
Board Member, Capital Area Parkinson’s Society (CAPS)

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