Beverley Ritter from Walterboro, SC
Nominated by Wanda Carter
“I don’t have time for this, and I won’t let Parkinson’s disease get me down,” states Beverly Ritter. Diagnosed five years ago, this incredible woman promptly formed a community-wide support group for patients and caregivers and began learning as much as she could about the disease. Beverly practices her positive attitude toward Parkinson’s just as she does in every facet of her life.
Volunteer extraordinaire, Beverly is affectionately called “The General.” Cooking for one hundred people at monthly family night church dinners and for fifty seniors at monthly luncheons, Beverly tells her helpers what to cook and how to cook it. During each Lenten Season, she oversees luncheons for mid-week worship service attendees. She practices the Southern tradition of providing food for families when there is a death. Last year she oversaw the publication of a cookbook with sales of $12,647.00 which paid for the installation of hot water in the children’s education building. Recently, she organized twelve teams to cook and deliver meals to elderly and homebound individuals.
Volunteering in other ways, she directs young acolytes of the church and cares for their robes. She is currently helping to create a church photo directory. As a Relay for Life volunteer, she conceived the idea of making a colored paper chain of loops; at $1.00 a loop, over $1,500.00 was raised last year for the American Cancer Society.
Truly a Parkinson’s Superstar, Beverly Ritter always thinks first of others and turns her thoughts into acts of service and kindness.