Swedish Medical Center
November 04, 2015


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Abby Bartolotta

Swedish Medical Center’s Movement Disorder Specialists Host Free Documentary Screening

Neurologist and Physician Assistant Hiked Mt. Kilamanjaro with Movement Disorder Patients

Englewood, Colo. (October 28, 2015 ) – Swedish Medical Center’s Dr. Monique Giroux and Physician Assistant Sierra Farris helps people with movement disorders climb mountains and reach summits…literally. The medical team joined fourteen people with Parkinson’s disease or Multiple Sclerosis and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in the summer of 2011. Finally, they’re telling their story.

From noon to 2 PM at Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton on Saturday, November 7, the duo will host an exclusive screening of their documentary, “Lessons Learned in the Clinic and on the Mountain”. Both Dr. Giroux and Ms. Farris will be in attendance with their patients who trekked the world’s highest free standing mountain in Africa. After the screening, the medical specialists will host a discussion about their unique philosophy in the care of people living with movement disorders. The event is completely free with refreshments included.

The documentary will touch on many facets of the climb, including their goal of empowering people with movement disorders to not be defined by their disease, but rather to continue challenging themselves and others. Featured in the film will be their guide and inspiration behind the climb, Lori Schneider, the first person with Multiple Sclerosis to climb the seven summits.

The goal of the screening is to raise awareness surrounding Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. An estimated 17,000 Coloradans have Parkinson’s1, while one in every 550 Coloradans lives with Multiple Sclerosis2.

Much emphasis is placed on treating movement disorder symptoms with medical and/or surgical interventions. However, Dr. Giroux and Ms. Farris want to emphasize the importance of non-invasive therapies, too, like helping a patient adapt to their neurological condition. The powerful results seen in the documentary only highlight the importance of a positive attitude and personal engagement in the clinical care of movement disorder patients.

Event details are as follows:

DATE: Saturday, November 7
TIME: 12 PM – 2 PM
COST: Free
LOCATION: Alamo Drafthouse Theatre (7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120)
RSVP: 303-781-0511 or events@centerformovement.org

1 Draper, Electa, “Colorado Parkinson’s disease patients fight for best possible life.” ttp://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_26376177/colorado-parkinsons-disease-patients-fight-best-possible-life (August 21, 2014).
2 Rocky Mountain MS Center, www.mscenter.org/education/ms-the-basics