First First-Ever Parkinson SuperWalk in Perth raises $30K

September 11, 2017 by

SuperwalkOn Saturday, more than a hundred participants and volunteers walked in the first-ever Lanark North Leeds Parkinson SuperWalk raising awareness, funds for research, and bringing the community one step closer to accessing services for those living with Parkinson’s Disease.

“I want to thank my co-chair Gayle Truman and our organizing committee, the Town of Perth, our sponsors, volunteers and those who supported our efforts to bring the SuperWalk to Lanark North Leeds,” said event organizer Pat Evans, a resident of Portland who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006. “I’ve met so many people in this area who have this disease, and I’m excited that in addition to the money raised, we have also raised awareness and a sense of hope. And hope is essential for improved health.”

The Lanark North Leeds SuperWalk raised over $30,000 in support of Parkinson Canada, a national organization that supports education and funds research to help find the cure for Parkinson’s, a neurological disease that affects over 100,000 Canadians.

In addition to supporting research, organizers are hopeful that there will be increased funding for services in Lanark North Leeds including exercise programs, support groups and easier access to specialists.

“We are fortunate to have world-class specialists and quality care in nearby centres like Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto,” said Evans. “But the reality is that travel can be difficult for those with mobility issues. As well, many people are reluctant to even talk about their symptoms as they feel that people will judge them."

Access to medical and other supports closer to home can make a real difference in the lives of those living with Parkinson’s and their families.

Lanark North Leeds SuperWalk is one of over 90 walks taking place across Canada this weekend.

Donations to the cause are still being accepted here.