Margaret "Peggy" Twiggs Fan Club
Organized by: Sadie Wallace
Happy DCI week!
August 08, 2017
For those of you that don’t know our dear Peggy Twiggs but know “of “ her, and for those that do know her and know that her health has taken a turn in the last several years, I wanted to fill you in on what has been happening. Margaret "Peggy" to Drum Corps friends, has Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/psp/psp.htm PSP is a rare brain disorder that affects her speech, vision and balance making walking and speaking extremely difficult. It is similar in some aspects to Parkinson’s PSP, but more progressive. Peggy is a “trouper” when it comes to acceptance of her diagnosis and she continually remains positive and upbeat. She finds ways to slow the progression by riding a reclining stationary bike some 3 hours a day! She hasn’t missed a beat, as Independence is vital to her maintaining her dignity. As many of you know Peggy was a Color Guard Instructor for several years teaching young adults and teens ‘Peggy Spins” which she invented! Even if you don’t know her, your instructors probably taught you these, if you marched in any Color Guard in the US and Internationally! She taught many, many groups such as The Cadets, 27th Lancers, St. Anthony’s Revere, Quasar, Emerald Marquis, Blessed Sac, and St. Joseph’s Medford just to name a few. In 2005 Peggy was inducted into the prestigious “Drum Corp Hall of Fame.” One of the only 6 women to achieve this honor for her ground breaking work. Peggy says, “For every year I taught, there was always that very special moment, or that special kid who would finally 'get it'. Wins or losses, I don’t remember, but I would always say to the groups I taught, 'Remember the audience reaction, because years later, you may not remember what place you finished but you will always have the applause in your heart.' How lucky are we! I have those memories with me inside.” Coping and living with this uncommon disease has many challenges, physically, spiritually, mentally and financially for her and her family. There are numerous expenses ongoing and coming down the road, with this diagnosis. I have asked myself (as many of you have asked me ) “what can I do?” So that is why we are starting this CrowdRise.com page, to help her receive the best Palliative care at home along with purchasing equipment, if needed, and adaptations to her home etc. As far as I'm concerned she deserves the best! She loves hearing from former students and friends and if you would like to send “snail mail” to her just email me (email@example.com)or Facebook message me and I will send you their address. You can always send her a Facebook message (and post pictures) as well!