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Walla Walla native Carol Clupny and husband Charlie Clupny dip the front tire of their tandem Grepedo in the Mississippi River at Davenport, Iowa, after riding 462 miles on the Register’s Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa with the Pedaling for Parkinson’s team July 19-25, 2015.

“The Ribbon of Road Ahead: One Woman’s Remarkable Journey with Parkinson’s Disease,” by Carol Clupny, 307 pages, $17, available March 15.

Walla Walla native Carol Clupny, whose parents owned Ice-Burg Drive-In here, for years suffered from strange symptoms before being diagnosed in 2008 with Parkinson’s disease. 

Her new memoir about resilience, “The Ribbon of Road Ahead — One Woman’s Remarkable Journey With Parkinson’s Disease,” follows her life from the development of the disease through a deep brain stimulation procedure to treat it and many adventures in between.

She will make an appearance here from 2:30-4 p.m. March 31 at St. Francis Catholic Church Hall, 722 W. Alder St. 

Her 307-page soft cover book includes photographs of her adventures. The book is $17 or $6.99 for an electronic version. It is available for presale prior to March 15 from the author by contacting ultreiabooks@gmail.com or see ultreiablog.org.

Additional appearances are planned from 4:30-6 p.m. March 21 at Prodigal Son, Pendleton; 3-4:30 p.m. March 24 at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, Hermiston; 12:45 p.m. April 8 at Samaritan Hospital Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, Moses Lake; and 7-8 p.m. June 20 at Broadway Books in Portland.

She moved to Hermiston in 1980 to take her first job out of college. With her Parkinson’s diagnosis, she took to the road. In addition to traditional treatments, she walked more than 1,000 miles on the Chemin le Puy in France and Camino de Santiago in Spain. Her bicycle training took her around southeast Washington and northeast Oregon and three times across Iowa with the Pedaling for Parkinson’s Team, after reading that bicycling helped mitigate the symptoms of Parkinson’s. 

She retired as a speech-language pathologist after 32 years with InterMountain Education Service District and settled into acceptance, she said in a release. 

Learning to live with a progressive neurological disease challenged her once active lifestyle. 

Shocked when getting outside to the mailbox became a struggle, she began walking, and reading that bicycling helped mitigate the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease she started riding. 

In 2016, Carol had a deep brain stimulation procedure which further slowed the advancement of symptoms.

Clupny attended DeSales High School and Walla Walla Community College and earned a master’s of science in communication disorders from Eastern Washington University and studied school leadership at Lewis and Clark College.

She is active in the Parkinson’s community as a fundraiser, a support group leader for Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon and an ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation.

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