Hope and determination drive Parkinson SuperWalk to success

Parkinson SuperWalk 2011Parkinson Society Canada congratulates and thanks all the many participants who came together  – walkers, volunteers and donors, bringing a spirit of hope to raise funds for Parkinson Society Canada at its annual Parkinson SuperWalk, the largest fundraising event for Canadians living with Parkinson’s.

“Parkinson SuperWalk is my way of connecting to people in our community living with Parkinson’s,” says Alain Garçeau, dedicated Parkinson SuperWalk participant, diagnosed at age 45. “On this day we honour those living with the condition and show gratitude to those like my wife and children who are such a tremendous source of support to me, and whom I cannot thank enough for their strength and love.”

Walkers of all ages, and even some four-legged canine friends, joined forces as they were cheered on by family members, loved ones and neighbours in the annual walk which has raised $2.4 million so far this September.

Parkinson SuperWalk 2011“Being heard, being understood and sharing one’s experiences can make a huge difference in the lives of people with Parkinson’s,” says Joyce Gordon, president and CEO of Parkinson Society Canada. “We want Canadians touched by Parkinson’s to know that there is a huge network of support, where people can speak freely about their condition with someone who understands; we want Canadians with Parkinson’s to know that they are not alone.”

Proceeds from the event allow Parkinson Society Canada to fund a broad range of resources and support, in person, in print and online, for individuals, like Alain, to help them along their Parkinson’s journey, in communities all across Canada.

Parkinson Society Canada gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Parkinson SuperWalk national sponsors: Teva Canada Innovation, Naturegg, Sharp AQUOS® and Roots.

Online donations for Parkinson SuperWalk will continue to be accepted until October 3, 2011 at parkinsonsuperwalk.ca.

Walking for people living with Parkinson’s

Parkinson SuperWalk 2011“Months after meeting a new friend whose grandmother has Parkinson’s, I found myself taking part in Parkinson SuperWalk at McGuire Lake Park. Together with dozens more people dressed in the year’s event T-shirt, we walked not only to raise awareness, but many had raised funds for the Parkinson Society. Many from the Sicamous Eagles (hockey team) were present, helping seniors from the surrounding seniors’ homes, as they pushed their wheelchairs around the small lake. Informational pamphlets were widely available to anyone who wanted to learn more about Parkinson’s disease or Parkinson Society and its mission. Refreshments were available to participants who stood around afterwards to mingle and converse, many of them sharing stories about how Parkinson’s had touched their lives.” New Parkinson SuperWalk supporter and Facebook fan, Ben Stewart of Salmon Arm, B.C.

Read more of Ben’s story in his blog post (original content available in English only): http://www.shuswapgroove.com/arts-culture/community/parkinsons-superwalk.html.

2 Responses to “Hope and determination drive Parkinson SuperWalk to success”

  1. 1 Sue September 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Why isn’t SuperWalk raising more money? Proceeds are down this year – we never hear any promotions about it, there are no sponsors and it just seems like no one puts much effort into this. It needs to raise more for work! I think there are lots of staff at Parkinson’s and this should be a piority to raise funds not decrease funds.

  2. 2 Parkinson Society Canada September 23, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Thank you very much for your feedback. Parkinson SuperWalk is a celebration of families and friends in 95 communities across the country and it is run largely by volunteers with the assistance of staff. All of them work tirelessly to deliver great results and our walkers take pride in approaching their family members, friends and colleagues for support, because they are passionately committed to the cause. We salute them. This year, we have raised $2.4 million so far and climbing since we are accepting donations until October 3rd. Considering the economic uncertainty for many individuals, we are proud and grateful to have to such committed supporters.

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