Valley resident Jenny Gatehouse is raising money to pay for a costly treatment for Parkinson’s disease.
Express photo by Willy Cook
In hockey, they called Jenny Gatehouse the “Snipper,” for her style.
Today, she says, “I am a spaz. I am continually tired, very tired.”
For the athletic mother of two boys who already survived colon cancer, handling life with Parkinson’s disease has become a bigger challenge than she could have imagined.
“That was in the year 2001. I certainly did not think Parkinson’s could get this bad. I don’t want to see my friends, exercise or do anything,” she explains through a Facebook post.
Unable to control her movements, she has reluctantly turned her children, boys ages 12 and 14, over to her husband’s care—which has moved them cross country to New Hampshire. Brain surgery provided a temporary respite.
“I couldn’t watch my boys’ faces any longer when I would fall and that was a lot. The Parkinson’s has become so bad that I have constant care-giving now. To say I miss my boys or my independence is an understatement.”
But, this tale doesn’t have an end, yet, and the community has a chance to rewrite the middle by donating art to be sold to benefit Gatehouse.
She has been accepted to receive a stem-cell treatment that could reduce her symptoms by 80 percent, but she needs $20,000 to cover the expenses.
Art Cures for Jenny Gatehouse is a benefit scheduled for May 15 in Ketchum at Silver Creek Realty from 6-9 p.m.
Organizers Levie Smith and Hallie Shealy are gathering donations of art and money in preparation of the event.
Cash can be donated to Jenny Gatehouse Medical Fund, Box 5821, Ketchum, ID 83340—or call Smith at 720-4093 or Shealy at 721-7902.
Art Cures raised funds previously to help local thespian and educator Keith Moore for his fight against colon cancer.
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement and coordination.
Where: Silver Creek Reality office, 331 Leadville Ave. (at Sun Valley Road) in Ketchum.
When: Thursday, May 15, from 6-9 p.m.