The first Parkinson SuperWalk to be held in Lanark North Leeds
Local volunteers have been working since December to host the first Parkinson SuperWalk Lanark North Leeds. It joins 80 other communities across Canada for Parkinson Canada’s largest fundraising event. The SuperWalk will take place at Conlon Farm Recreation Complex in Perth, Ontario, 109 Smith Drive on Saturday, September 9th with check in at 9:30 am and walk start at 10 am. Proceeds raised will be used to fund research, increase services and support advocacy efforts on behalf of people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD).
The event will be held rain or shine with local entertainers, food, information about PD. Patricia Boal, CTV Ottawa News Anchor will be the MC. Every participant who raises $50 or more will receive a Parkinson’s T-shirt and the great feeling that comes with being part of a larger community. Prizes will be awarded to the first time walkers who raise the most money. Those with mobility issues are encouraged to attend.
“Having participated in other walks in Toronto and Ottawa, I have always found it so inspiring to be with others who have Parkinson’s Disease and who share a common goal” says Pat Evans. “We have had great support from local sponsors and individuals. Still weeks away from the event, we have raised more than $16,000 in in-kind and cash sponsorships and donations. While dollars are important, building awareness of the need for improved access to medical and support services is even more important.”
Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic and progressive neurological movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. The most common symptoms include tremor, slowness and stiffness, impaired balance, problems with handwriting, stooped posture and sleep disturbances. There is no cure, you can live with it for years and everyone progresses in a different way. Parkinson Canada offers support groups in various communities across Canada, including Almonte and Perth. These groups are very important for those with Parkinson’s as they provide an opportunity to feel less alone and learn more about services that will help them do better.
Currently 1 in 500 people in Canada have Parkinson’s but that number is expected to double by 2031. To date, despite decades of intensive study, the causes of Parkinson’s remain unknown. Many experts think that the disease is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, which may vary from person to person.
For more information or to register or donate online, please visit www.donate.parkinson.ca/lanarknorthleeds