Confidant and long-time friend of Suzanne Lewin, Donna Basher, describes Suzanne as a woman who had a thirst for knowledge, incredibly smart, and very feisty! Suzanne’s love for education came from her mother, Henrietta Lewin, a third grade teacher in New York. Her education brought her to the Northwest and she quickly found a lifelong career with the Washington State Employment Security from which she retired in the early 1980’s. Suzanne had tremendous respect for her mother who died from Parkinson’s Disease in the 70’s. She witnessed the difficulties that her mother faced and the limited support resources available to her at that time. It quickly became her mission to study the progress and treatment of patients affected by Parkinson’s.