Portland’s Pat Evans named Parkinson SuperWalk National Hero

August 31, 2018 by

2143.458873792.customParkinson Canada has announced that Pat Evans from Portland, Ontario (pictured at right) is this year’s winner of the Parkinson SuperWalk National Hero Contest. The contest celebrates ‘Everyday Heroes’ whose extraordinary hope fuels SuperWalk in communities across Canada. One must be nominated to be considered, and the winner is chosen from nominations from across the country.

Since her diagnosis 12 years ago, Pat has met so many people with Parkinson’s and their care partners who have faced their own “new reality” with courage and determination.  “I have always believed that one person can make a difference but what has kept me going are those who face many more challenges than me with such grace. They are the true heroes.”

Pat first became involved with the Parkinson SuperWalk in 2008, organizing the first walk in Lanark North Leeds in 2017 and raising over $31,000, a considerable amount for a first time walk in a rural area.

“With the number of people with Parkinson’s expected to double over the next decade, the need for support is urgent,” says Pat, “That’s why a successful SuperWalk is more important than ever. It is also a wonderful opportunity for people, whose lives have been touched by Parkinson’s, and their friends and family, to come together to celebrate their successes.”

“Pat Evans is a strong voice in our Parkinson’s community. Her passion and dedication exemplify the spirit of people living with Parkinson’s. Each day, they overcome so much, and live life to the fullest, no matter what. I’m pleased to honour Pat as the National Hero for Parkinson Canada SuperWalk,” says Joyce Gordon, CEO, Parkinson Canada. “These champions make our work possible.”

The Lanark North Leeds Parkinson SuperWalk takes place on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Conlon Farm in Perth with registration starting at 10 am. Visit donate.parkinson.ca/lanarknorthleeds or call Alan Muir at 1(800) 565-3000 ext. 3427