Donna Gorzela

Hi, my name is Donna Gorzela.  I grew up as Donna Bibeau in the city of Lawrence, Mass.  I graduated from St. Mary High School in 1981 and then attended the University of Lowell where I received a BS(1985) and MS(1986) in Math.  I then went to work for the MITRE Corp. and Dynamics Research.  In the spring of 2000, I went out on disability.

I have been married to Rich Gorzela since 1986.  We have two children, Elise  and Raymond. I am currently living in Billerica, MA with Rich and my service dog, Wicked.

In 1998, at the age of 35, I was diagnosed with Ataxia.  I then went 13 years being of “unknown” type but now I know I have ARCA – 1.

I enjoy keeping busy and volunteer at the farm in Ipswich where Wicked, and my previous service dog, Denim, are from.    In my free time,  I like to read, cook, color, and do puzzles.   I like going for walks around the neighborhood, hiking and riding my recumbent trike.  I’ve also been known to participate in some more “adventurous”  activities such as sky diving and zip-lining.  I’ve also tinkered in piano, watercolor and origami.

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