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PBS NC Matter of Mind: My Parkinson’s Screening and Virtual Discussion

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

PBS North Carolina, South Carolina ETV and Public Radio and RiverRun International Film Festival proudly present—

Independent Lens’ Matter of Mind: My Parkinson’s Preview Screening and Virtual Discussion

An online event that focuses on treatment, support and resiliency while living with Parkinson’s disease. This event aims to provide valuable insights and information about managing the condition. Whether you are a patient, caregiver, or simply interested in learning more, this screening is for you. Discover the latest advancements in Parkinson’s research. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with others and find support. Following the screening you will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion and Q+A with local medical professionals, educators and advocates. You are encouraged to engage in the conversation by submitting your questions via the virtual chat feature.

Matter of Mind: My Parkinson’s explores the neurodegenerative disease, Parkinson’s. The film follows three people as they navigate their lives with resourcefulness and determination in the face of a degenerative illness, Parkinson’s disease. We will get to know an optician who pursues deep brain stimulation surgery; a mother raising a preteen daughter who becomes a boxing coach and advocate for exercise; and a cartoonist who contemplates how he will continue to draw as his motor control declines.


Virtual Event Details:

  • Date and Time: Tuesday, March 26, at 7 PM (ET)
  • Where: from the convenience of your laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile device
  • How: The link to join the virtual event can be found in your registration confirmation email and your event reminder

Discussion topics: treatment options, impact a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis has on one’s mental health and resources for patients, family members and caregivers


  • Dr. Sneha Mantri, associate professor of neurology, vice chief of clinical operations and fellowship director, Movement Disorders, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Kimberly Gamble, president-elect board, Parkinson’s Foundation Carolinas Chapter, coordinator, Movement Disorders and Deep Brain Stimulation program, Atrium Health and community education outreach advocate
  • Diana Parrish, development director, Parkinson’s Foundation Carolinas Chapter and caregiver
  • Travis Turner, Ph.D., associate professor, director, neuropsychology division, department of neurology, Medical University of South Carolina

Please register via Eventbrite. Questions about the event or your registration? Email Karen Nowak at

More about Matter of Mind: My Parkinson’s

We meet three unique individuals all living with Parkinson’s:

  • Peter Dunlap-Shohl is a former political cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News. His diagnosis led him to use his illustration skills to create a graphic novel as a resource for others with Parkinson’s as well as for caregivers and healthcare providers.
  • Veronica Garcia-Hayes received her diagnosis of early onset Parkinson’s when she was 39 years old and pregnant. In the film, viewers follow her as she raises a preteen daughter while her health deteriorates, forcing her to grapple with significant questions about how her life will change.
  • Juan Solano is a Puerto Rican–American optician in Brooklyn, New York. His remarkable experience with deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a dramatic last chance to save his business and gain a new lease on life

Matter of Mind: My Parkinson’s premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, April 8, at 10 PM, on PBS NC. Stream online and with the free PBS App.

Thank you to our event partner Parkinson’s Foundation Carolinas Chapter.

This event was made possible in part with grant funds from ITVS/Independent Lens.


Presented over Zoom


Parkinsons Foundation

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