Brampton - 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the Parkinson SuperWalk and it’s shaping up to be Parkinson Society Canada’s biggest fundraising event yet! What began as one man’s journey in honour of his grandfather has blossomed into a national event attracting an anticipated 13,000 participants.
The Peel Region SuperWalk, which takes place on Sunday, September 12th at Erindale Park, is one of 87 community walks across Canada. This year it is our national goal to raise $3 million, $900,000 of which is hoped to come from generous supporters in Central and Northern Ontario.
“Fundraisers play a key role in the success of Parkinson SuperWalk. With their continuous support we are able to fund leading edge research and provide support services for over 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinson’s,” said Parkinson Society Central & Northern Ontario CEO Debbie Davis.
In 2009, the Peel Region SuperWalk raised over $56, 500 and was attended by 225 participants. Its great success was made possible through the hard work of dedicated volunteers and enthusiastic participants.
“This is our family's second year participating at SuperWalk following my PD diagnosis two and a half years ago,” said Don Gordon, Mississauga SuperStar Walker. “We have four grandchildren ages 6 and under and our daughters initiated participation in the SuperWalk so the children can better understand what is happening to Grampa and to learn how the family's fundraising can make a difference in fighting this disease.”
Don and his family raised over $2500 for the Peel Region Parkinson SuperWalk in 2009, and are taking a community approach to their fundraising efforts this year. The Gordons have called upon friends, neighbours and members of their support group to donate items to be sold at a SuperWalk fundraising yardsale.
Parkinson’s symptoms include tremor, slowness in movements, muscle stiffness and problems with balance. Non-motor symptoms affect quality of life, including loss of sense of smell, depression, sleep disturbances and changes in thinking ability. Currently there is no known cure for this progressive neurological disease.
Since 1965, Parkinson Society Canada has been the only Canadian charity dedicated to research, education, support and advocacy on behalf of Canadians living with Parkinson’s. Parkinson SuperWalk continues to be the organization’s most significant fundraising event. For more information on SuperWalk and to register or sponsor Don and his family, please visit www.parkinsonsuperwalk.ca
or call 1.800.565.3000.
Dora Chan, Media and Marketing Intern
Parkinson Society Central & Northern Ontario
416-227-1200 ext. 3303