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Thanks for your support.

Eligha Guillory Jr.

Who would have thought 18 years ago this coming August, that a simple idea to start a support group among friends would blossom into what it is today?


Parkinson Health Fair Lake Charles, La:

Our Parkinson Patient and Caregiver Education and Resource Health Conference will be held on August 18, 2018.  It will be held at the Lake Charles Civic Center from 9AM to 1PM. Come and join us.  Registration is free and begins at 8:00 AM.  Seating is limited.  We will serve a continental breakfast and a hot lunch.  We will have some great speakers and wonderful resource vendors.

You can register online at or call 337-310-0083.  Come and join us!!




Support Group Information:

The Orange County Parkinson Support Group, which is a fun group of “movers and shakers”, celebrated their 12th anniversary this year with fellowship, tributes, and brunch. Thanks to Wanda Simar and Ella Guillory for their tireless efforts over the years. The Eljay Foundation is very proud of you and glad to be a partner in service to those affected by Parkinson disease. For more information please contact Ella Guillory at 409-886-4877 or Wanda Simar at 409-779-2558.

The SWLA Parkinson Assembly Support Group, which is a great group of loving supportive members who understand what having Parkinson Disease is all about.  They have a wonderful fellowship there.  You will find them happy to meet and help new members, provide education and light refreshment to those affected by Parkinson disease. For information please contact Eligha Guillory Jr. at 337-310-0083 or Peggy Woodson at 337-496-4941.

We now have a walking group.  Several couples meet at one of the recreation centers to walk together.  There is so much information that tells us that exercise is the best thing you can do if you have Parkinson’s disease.  The group walks for about an hour, at each individual’s own pace. Some walk more slowly than others.  It’s not about how fast you walk, it’s more about being out and doing some exercise, taking it slowly at first and building up strength.  And being with others who are in the same situation.  The fellowship is very rewarding.  For information on where to meet contact Eligha Guillory Jr at 337-310-0083 or Peggy Woodson at 337-496-4941.

Eljay’s Lunch Crew was created by the members of our support group who enjoy going out to lunch once a month together.  We meet the last Wednesday of each month at a restaurant chosen by the members of the support group.  We pick local restaurants who meet our group’s criteria.  They must have a good parking lot that is handicap accessible. They must be able to seat us together in groups of about 20.  The restaurant must also be handicap accessible. We meet at 1:00 pm at the chosen restaurant.  We usually have a great lunch and even greater fellowship.  It helps build comradery which is important.  We don’t want anyone to feel like they are alone.  For more information please call Eligha Guillory Jr at 337-310-0083 or Peggy Woodson at 337-496-4941.



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If you are not currently a member of one of our support groups, we invite you to join us for lunch to ask questions and find out more about what we offer in our support group meetings.  It will be a great opportunity for us to meet.

We will meet at a restaurant, on the last Wednesday of each month. The restaurant is selected by our support group members.

(please see the calendar of events)*

The dates we will meet for our LUNCH CREW in 2018 are:

January         31                                                                                 July               25

February       28                                                                                 August          29

March            28                                                                                September    26

April               25   Steamboat Bill’s on the lake.                                   October         31

May               30                                                                                November     28

June              27                                                                                December To Be Announced

If you have questions, please contact Eligha Guillory Jr. at 337-310-0083 or Peggy Woodson at 337-564-4044.



Rock Steady Boxing Lake Charles, La.:

Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) is a non-contact program designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease. It was started in Indianapolis, Ind. in 2006, by a young man who had developed Parkinson’s disease.  He wasn’t content to sit back and let the damage from Parkinson’s take over. He knew he had to fight back. Everyone tells us that to fight back against Parkinson’s disease, exercise is the key.

This young man had a friend who owned a gym and between the two of them they modified regular boxing moves to meet his needs and abilities. He noticed that he was gaining strength and agility.  His health improved and he noticed a reduction in his Parkinson’s symptoms. Together they formed Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) so they could bring this program to others.

“At RSB, Parkinson’s disease is the opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to empower people with PD to fight back.”

We are fortunate that Sonya Brooks, owner/operator at Hope Therapy Center went and took the training in Indianapolis so that she could bring this wonderful program to us, here in Lake Charles, La.  RSB is intense, trying, frustrating, satisfying, and powerful all at the same time.

Non-contact boxing is not all there is to it. RSB addresses cognition, agility, balance, gait, dexterity and comradery. The members work together to promote success in achieving their goals. Here you will see members of Rock Steady Boxing Lake Charles at work.

The Eljay Foundation for Parkinson Syndrome Awareness provides gloves, wrist straps, and the RSB tee shirts for people with Parkinson’s disease who sign up for Rock Steady Boxing at Hope Therapy Center. For more information, please call Eligha Guillory Jr. at 337-310-0083, or Peggy Woodson at 337-496-4941, or Hope Therapy Center at 337-478-5880.


             Working hard, having fun, pulling together to fight Parkinson’s disease!

Working on Handwriting, coordination, and dexterity for Valentine’s day.