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OPERATION EMERALD

Protect our Doctors, Nurses, Police, EMS and Fire Fighters! Donating to Operation Emerald allows us to distribute much-needed personal protective equipment to our front line. Click the Donate button below, choose Operation Emerald as the fund and contribute what you can via online donations. Checks are accepted and can be mailed to The Emerald Foundation 2120 Oregon PikeLancaster, PA 17601.

Our Emerald Hometown Hero: Bob M.

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After a 31-year career as a Nurse Anesthetist, Bob retired, looking forward to relaxing and enjoying his golden years. Living in Lititz with Connie, his wife of 33 years, they raised three boys and spent endless hours being active in the community. He served on the Board of the Lititz Rec Center and as President and Board member of the Warwick Little League Baseball organization, and as Umpire and Umpire trainer for Little League International. He was appointed as one of the American umpires to officiate at the European Little League Baseball and Softball International Championships in Kutno, Poland and Den Haag, The Netherlands.

Hoping to stay in good physical shape as he aged, Bob began working out at the Lititz Rec. Again, he got the bug to help and looked for a volunteer opportunity. He was introduced to Sue Ludwig and began helping her in the physical training of Parkinson’s patients. That was a fateful day as his life became fuller than he ever imagined it would be. He joined Sue in her quest to provide the best possible care, both physically and cognitively, for people living with Parkinson’s. He now volunteers full time for NeuroSci fit and helps coach 11 classes a week for people with Parkinson’s.

Realizing the inadequacy of the services available in South Central Pennsylvania, Bob and his wife established the Parkinson’s Circle of Care Alliance in November 2017. Bob heads up this organization, a 501 (C ) (3) recognized non-profit, along with four Board members. They all work diligently for the Parkinson’s community. The organization is very active, holding events and providing materials, resources and referrals to people living with this disorder. This keeps Bob and his wife very busy.

Bob is always ready to help when the need arises in the community and always has a smile and a happy “hello” to those he meets. In his spare time, he enjoys tending to his yard, caring for his Koi pond, and spending quiet time with Connie on their deck.