Manitoulin Island gearing up for Parkinson SuperWalk

Participant in the 2015 SuperWalk gather for a photo. Expositor file photo

MANITOULIN—It takes a community to support a person living with Parkinson’s and search for a cure—from family and friends to healthcare professionals and from dedicated volunteers to researchers. Residents of Manitoulin will join the more than 10,000 everyday heroes from across the country to participate in the 26th annual Parkinson SuperWalk, taking place in Manitoulin on September 15 at Mindemoya Public Library.

“Events like Parkinson SuperWalk enable us to deliver much needed services within the community and fund research into improved treatments and a cure,” says Marilyn Proulx, Manitoulin SuperWalk coordinator. “And this event is very inspiring to those living with Parkinson’s and their families when they see their friends and neighbours taking part in this special event or supporting walkers with donations.”

More than 100,000 Canadians live with Parkinson’s. And every hour of each day, another Canadian will be diagnosed. Parkinson’s is a disease of the brain that touches almost every aspect of daily living, including: movement, mood, speech, ability to smell, eating and drinking, sleep and cognitive abilities. It worsens over time, robbing a person of their independence through increasing disability, and ultimately results in premature death. A cure can’t wait!

You can join Marilyn Proulx and become an everyday hero, inspiring hope for Canadians living with Parkinson’s as well as their families and caregivers. Take part in the walk or support someone who will be walking. Register today at www.ParkinsonSuperWalk.ca for a fun, family outing with a special purpose. The SuperWalk will take place on Thursday, September 15 with check in at 1:20 pm with the walk commencing at 1:30 pm from the Mindemoya Community Library.

Parkinson SuperWalk provides the opportunity for participants to raise funds and awareness on behalf of all Canadians living with Parkinson’s. The national sponsors for 2016 are Naturegg Burnbrae and Roots Canada. Since 1981, Parkinson SuperWalk has raised more than $34 million, which is invested in communities across Canada to provide support services, education and advocacy for people affected by Parkinson’s and for Parkinson’s research into improving treatments and finding a cure.