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About our group

The Parkinson's Education and Support Group of Sussex County (PESGSC) is an IRS-recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization incorporated in Delaware. Founded in 2009 in Sussex County, Delaware.  Our support group has grown to become one of the largest nonprofit volunteere based PD organizations in Delaware. Our diverse group is made of people living with Parkinson's, their caregivers, loved ones, healthcare providers, certified exercise trainers, and individual volunteers who come together for a common mission: 


Improve the lives of those living with Parkinson's through exercise, education, and support.

How our group operates

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PD-focused certified trainers and group fitness classes



Informational seminars and sponsored events with PD experts and researchers



Monthly group meetings, informal check-ins, and social outings

How we started

Founded by those who lived with PD

Betty Leebel received her Parkinson's disease diagnosis in 2002. When Betty and her husband, Dennis Leebel, relocated to Sussex County, Delaware, in 2008, they shared a vision to foster a sense of community and support for Parkinson's disease in their new home. Collaboratively, Betty and Dennis initiated the creation of the Parkinson's Education and Support Group of Sussex County (PESGSC).

The inaugural group meeting drew about 50 individuals living with Parkinson's or expressing an interest in the condition. Over time, PESGSC has grown into a thriving community, now comprising more than 200 members. We are immensely grateful to Betty and Dennis Leebel for their dedication and continue to honor and uphold their legacy to this day.

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Board members

The PESGSC Board of Directors includes members with PD, caregivers, and volunteers with a passion for helping the Sussex County Parkinson's population. 

Exercise programs

Learn all about our PD-certified trainers and fitness offerings tailored specifically to those living with PD.

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