The Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma recently awarded Rob Rooker its annual Jim Keating Award for his service and leadership for the Parkinson’s community in Southwestern Oklahoma. Rob voluntarily led the first Lawton Parkinson’s Rally Walk & 5k. Following this success, the Foundation hired Rob part time as its Southwestern Oklahoma Director. Since this time, Rob has been instrumental in introducing Parkinson-specific speech therapy, boxing exercise and physical therapy to Lawton and beginning a new support group.
Jim Keating founded the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma in 2004. Past recipients of the Jim Keating Award include Monte Akridge of Edmond, Don and Melanie Black of Tulsa, and Denise Lewis of McAlester.
“Rob is just one of those people who gets up every morning and makes good things happen for other people. He is very worthy of this award,” notes Bruce McIntyre, Executive Director of the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma.
The Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma (PFO) works to inspire hope and transform life for Parkinson’s patients and families in Oklahoma. Primarily, the PFO accomplishes this purpose through support, education, and effective therapy and exercise.
Currently, the PFO coordinates 28 support groups and reaches over 1500 people each year through educational events across Oklahoma. The PFO also provides, subsidizes, or promotes 26 Parkinson-specific exercise and therapy groups as well as 16 LOUD® Crowds to help Parkinson’s patient with speech and swallowing issues. In addition, the PFO has partnered with OU, OSU, UCO and the Michael J. Fox Foundation to further research.