be diagnosed with Parkinsons diseasea progressive
neurological disorder that causes tremors and muscle stiffnesswas
an especially cruel irony for Kim Nichols, a solderer for Northrop
Grumman Corporation who enjoys origami as a hobby.
went into a state of depression and denial. But it did not take
me too long to realize I could not go on that way, says
the fifty-five-year-old Nichols, of Warner Robins, Georgia.
I discovered that I still could do most things, but just
needed to find new ways to accomplish my desires.
Nichols could no longer use her right hand to do intricate work,
she learned to use her left. She decided to dedicate her talents
in origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into flowers,
animals, and ornaments, toward finding a cure for Parkinsons.
Nichols sells her colorful paper flower arrangementslilies,
roses, cornflowers, irisand miniature trees on her Web
and donates the proceeds from this and other fundraisers to
Emorys Center for Neurodegenerative Disease.
like doing origamiits therapy for me, says
Nichols, who has contributed more than $20,000 in all.
think Kims efforts really stand out and show what a difference
one person can make, says her doctor, Professor of Neurology
Mahlon DeLong (below, with Nichols).M.J.L.