Dr. Fleming’s Story

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Thanks to you, rehab therapy is helping Dr. Fleming keep his Parkinson’s under control

It’s easy to be a workaholic when you’re doing the Lord’s work, but a lack of work/life balance isn’t healthy in any profession. For Dr. Vardrey E. Fleming, Sr., founder and Pastor of Bethel Bible Missionary Church for the last 46 years, those seven-day work weeks were catching up to him.

“I lived every day of my life serving the Lord, or at least I used to,” Dr. Fleming said. “By age 72, I noticed changes in my ability to walk and speak. In my search for answers about my decline in health, I was referred to a neurologist who diagnosed me as having Parkinson’s disease.”

Thanks to your generous donation, Dr. Fleming received physical and speech therapy at the Diane Collins Neuroscience Institute at Bon Secours St. Francis.


“They went to work as soon as I was diagnosed. The service they provided was immediate and compassionate and thorough. Their passion and dedication to my healing got my Parkinson’s under control.”


Today, Dr. Fleming remains active in the church. He also serves as Chaplain for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, President of the West Greenville Neighborhood Association, and as consultant for Greenville Dreams, while also volunteering with Surgeons For Sight. He just doesn’t work quite as hard as he used to.

“I’m feeling great,” he says. “I’ve been blessed thus far with not having tremors. As long as I keep doing my exercises and not overdoing it, my health is good—all thanks to the wonderful care I received at the neuroscience institute.”