The 2nd Annual Parkinson SuperWalk surpassed organizers’ expectations this year, raising almost $39,000. Over one hundred participants and dozens of volunteers gathered in Conlon Farm for the event, emceed by CTV Ottawa’s Patricia Boal. Perth Mayor John Fenik was joined by Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow, Westport Mayor Robin Jones and Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos.
“The fact that this event is gaining momentum speaks to the need for, as well as the impact of, new services and programs,” said the event’s co-chair and Portland resident, Pat Evans. “Since last year’s walk, new volunteers have come forward and more services are available locally. These include exercise programs, the creation of a new support group in Smiths Falls and educational workshops for health care professionals. As a result, people feel a new sense of hope that they can manage and live well with this disease.”
“The weather, the people and the money raised made for a perfect day,” said Evans. “But it’s the things that have happened between the SuperWalks that I’m most encouraged about. The connections we make, and the hope that results are what it’s all about. We made real progress this year and I feel confident that we can continue to do so in the year to come.”
Over 100,000 Canadians are affected by this disease and many are not even aware that they have Parkinson’s. Some are reluctant to discuss their concerns with their doctors. Doctors may not be aware of some of the less obvious symptoms like loss of smell or unexplained weight change or services, programs and strategies that can help. Other symptoms of this chronic and progressive disease can include muscle rigidity, tremor and depression.
“Awareness, support networks and access to care close to home can make a huge difference in people’s lives, particularly in rural areas,” said Evans. “I want to thank my co-chair Gayle Truman and the rest of the committee, our sponsors and our volunteers for making this event possible and for bringing hope to people living with Parkinson’s.”
Donations are accepted until the end of December at donate.parkinson.ca/lanarknorthleeds
Local Sponsors: Gold Lake 88.1, R.K. Publow Advisory Group, RBC Royal Bank Silver Shoppers Drug Mart- Smiths Falls, Carleton Place Terrace, Scotiabank, Foodsmiths Bronze Almonte, Perth and Smiths Falls Civitan Clubs, Perth Physiotherapy, Paul Spinelli Insurance, Raymond Marine Services, Medi-Green, Perth Lioness Club, Have Tents Will Travel, Wills Transfer Ltd., Tackaberry & Sons, Coutts Coffee, The Garden Market, Impression Printing, Perth Downtown Pharmasave, Arranel Studios, Crain’s Construction, Bill’s Repair, Neurologic Physiotherapy, Town and Country Chrysler, Smiths Farm Equipment, Andrass Independent Grocer, The Goddess and the Green Man