Husband and wife Dale and Glenda Alexander of Oklahoma City are outstanding leaders in the Parkinson’s community, inspiring others with their experiences and demonstrating the power of positive attitude in living with Parkinson’s disease.
The Alexanders have worked side by side for 21 years as insurance agents for Farmers Insurance Group. Dale was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2002 after Glenda noticed that Dale’s left arm wasn’t swinging while they were having their daily walk. Their neurologist conducted further evaluations and shared the new diagnosis, after which the Alexanders began an acceptance process they understood well, since Glenda is an 11-year cancer survivor of Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. They applied their past experience to moving through the trials of this new diagnosis together, including the importance of not letting the disease control them, but instead continuing with their daily lives and encouraging others.
Among their recent accomplishments, Dale and Glenda are active golfers and have raised $300,000 for support groups in Oklahoma as co-chairs of the annual “Tee it up for Parkinson’s” golf tournament in Oklahoma City. They also connect with others to help people understand the value of support groups and exercise groups and the ways in which they can improve daily living.
The Alexanders continue working and are very active in their community sharing their positive attitude in living well with Parkinson’s disease and enjoying time with their two daughters, Kristin and Geri, their sons-in-law John and Richard, and granddaughter, Julia.