Elena Tuero from Freehold, NJ
Nominated by her daughter Vanessa Olivera
My mother should be chosen for the Parkinson's superstar because she has helped out the Parkinson's community in so many ways. My mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 26. In 2005, she got DBS surgery and the day after she picked up a paintbrush and started to paint. Since then she never put a paintbrush down. Her paintings inspired many, and got her to have a name in Parkinson's community. She also helped other people who were thinking of getting DBS surgery, but who were too scared too. She met with them before and after their surgeries, and even sometimes went to the hospital during the procedure to ensure she was there when they got out. My mother is my Superstar, at such a young age she struggled being a single parent of three, but she never let it get her down.
Also nominated by Evelyn Pappas
Elena is my superstar! When I read about this contest I immediately thought of all her efforts and dedication she gives to each person that writes to her via e-mail through her webpages on www.maldeparkinson.org and www.elenatuero.com. Elena has responded to hundreds of letters from all over the world spreading hope, optimism and encouragement. Elena had given her own time to support patients by not only having the actual DBS surgery itself, but by also visiting or being visited by new patients that are scheduled to have the DBS surgery to give them strength. Shortly after the surgery, Elena was able to pick up a paint brush and begin a gallery of paintings she has made herself. Elena quietly does all this and more which is why she is a well deserved superstar! Google her and see for yourself...Elena Tuero!