About Us

"When I was diagnosed in 2010, I didn't know anyone else locally that had the disease. It was my hope that by telling my story, others would join me in this journey. Thankfully, they have." — George Manahan 


The West Virginia Parkinson’s Support Network is a loosely affiliated organization of support groups in the state that promotes Parkinson’s-specific information, events and services in West Virginia. The website was created by George Manahan, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010.

The Charleston Parkinson’s Support Group, which manages the West Virginia Parkinson’s Support Network, is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization and we welcome your tax deductible donations. All donations are used to support our programs, which are free to anyone living with Parkinson’s disease.


If you live in West Virginia and are living with Parkinson’s disease, either as a caregiver, family member or a person with Parkinson’s, you are in the right place.

Our goal is to provide West Virginia specific information that will help you or your loved one live a fulfilling life with Parkinson’s disease. You can also join us on Facebook. We have set up an invitation-only Facebook page that allows members to pose questions to other members and learn about the latest research into finding a cure for the disease.


"I've seen good improvement, not just in myself, but other people that participate in the Rock Steady Boxing program." — Tom Sporck

Support Groups

Support groups can often play an important role for people living with a chronic neurological disorder like Parkinson’s disease. Please


List of Neurologists that Specialize in Parkinson’s Disease CAMC Neurology Charleston Area Medical Center (304) 388-6441 Dr. Ali Rezai, Neurosurgery

Exercise Classes

Research has shown that a regular exercise program can have a significant positive impact on the progression of Parkinson’s Disease.


Check out our calendar for upcoming events in your area. Have something to add? Let us know!

2023-24 Fox Trot for Parkinson’s Research

October 7, 2023 at 8:00 am to 10:30 am
Place: Capitol Market, 800 Smith Street, Charleston, WV

2022 West Virginia Parkinson’s Symposium

September 15, 2018 at 8:45 am to 3:30 am
Place: Charleston Civic Center 200 Civic Center Drive Charleston, WV

Thursday Rock Steady Boxing Class

May 4, 2023 at 12:00 pm to 1:30 am
Place: YMCA - Charleston

Saturday’s Rock Steady Boxing Class

May 6, 2023 at 12:00 pm to 1:30 am
Place: YMCA, 100 YMCA Drive, Charleston, WV 25311

Tuesday Delay the Disease Exercise Class

June 4, 2019 at 2:00 am to 3:30 am
Place: YMCA, 100 YMCA Drive, Charleston, WV 25311

Next Charleston Support Group Meeting – Monday, January 16, 2024

May 16, 2023 at 6:00 am to 7:30 am
Place: Blessed Sacrament Church, 305 E Street, South Charleston, WV.

Our Partners


Do you have Parkinson's disease, or do you know someone who does? Are they in need of resources or support? Let us know how we can help. 

Get in touch

    Contact Info

    • 222 Capitol Street, Suite 500, Charleston, WV 25301
    • (304) 343-2800
    • manahan@aol.com