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Eric Aquino

Parkinson's Community Advocate Eric AquinoI was diagnosed with Parkinson’s on February 20, 2018. Two weeks after my 40th birthday and 1.5 years after developing one of the first motor symptoms – resting tremors. After taking care of my grandmother who had Parkinson’s disease, along with being in healthcare for 14 years, the diagnosis did not come as a surprise. What did come as a surprise was the lack of local resources for Parkinson’s community in my area. For that reason, I started a podcast called Trembling EMT: My Parkinson’s Journey to share my story and spread Parkinson’s disease awareness. I also founded a nonprofit organization called the Gray Strong Foundation to help those with Parkinson’s move forward with the disease.

I’ve been in the emergency medical services field for close to 18 years. I became an emergency medical technician (EMT) in 2002 and an Advanced EMT in 2016. I spent 10 of those 18 years working in New Jersey at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in the Pediatric Critical Care Transport Unit and BLS 911 Service. I currently work as an Onset Medical Rep at an Amazon warehouse.

I’ve been married for 17+ years with 2 kids, Theo, 15 and Elena, 13. I have a dog named Benny and 2 turtles, Lulu and Lola. On my days off, I run the local chapter of a nonprofit organization called Pink Heals. We support women battling cancer, we are known for our iconic pink fire trucks which serve as a rolling memorial and are adorned with signatures of survivors along with messages from family & Friends in memory of their loved ones. I’m also an assistant scoutmaster at my son’s boy scout troop.

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