By Bill Warelis
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 1:45 pm ·  0 Comments
The Parkinson SuperWalk has raised over $31 million in the last 25 years for support services, advocacy, education and research for over 100,000 Canadians affected by Parkinson’s. In its 25th year, there are about 115 communities taking part across Canada. In 2014, $2.9 million was raised to provide education, support and advocacy for Canadians living with the disease.
“Last year, the first Oakville Parkinson SuperWalk had about 50 Everyday Superheroes who raised $15,000. This year our goal is $25,000 and we need more people to get involved or donate to reach that target,” said Earla Fitzjohn, who was diagnosed with Parkinson disease in 2004 and is the the founder and coordinator of the Oakville event.
Having seen her father live with Parkinson for a number of years, Earla recognized the symptoms quickly when she began to experience them herself. Most people are aware of the slowness of movement, the trembling and loss of dexterity that comes with Parkinson. However, many are unaware of the non-motor symptoms such as the loss of smell, difficulties with swallowing and blood pressure. Each individual is unique and symptoms can vary widely.
“I have benefited directly from the funds raised by the SuperWalks. They provide, research, education, advocacy and support services for patients and their families,” added Earla.
The Oakville Parkinson SuperWalk is on September 12th at RioCan Oakville Place (Rain or Shine). Check-in for the 2.5 km walk begins at 9 am. The walk starts at 10 am. Coffee, bottled water and lunch will be available in addition to draw prizes and silent auction items that have been generously donated by businesses and people of Oakville.
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To sign up for, donate to or get more information about the Oakville SuperWalk go to: Oakville Parkinson SuperWalk.