Improv Comedy Helps People With Parkinson's

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. About one million Americans are affected by the neurodegenerative disease, and now, there’s an improv comedy troupe in Naples dedicated to people diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their partners.

On a Saturday night last month, at a golf course country club on a hill, members of the PD Inspiration comedy troupe (PD stands for Parkinson's disease) were getting ready for their first performance.

The troupe is a product of a collaboration with the Parkinson's Association of Southwest Florida and The Naples Players

As the ballroom got more crowded, Ingrid Friesen got more nervous. Just a few years ago, before Parkinson's and a stroke, she was a lawyer.



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