Lace up your runners and grab a friend - registration is open for Parkinson SuperWalk.
The annual event takes place this Sunday, Sept. 8 starting at 10 a.m. at the Riverside Community Room (9273 Glover Road).
Organizations, businesses, families and friends will walk together to raise funds for Parkinson's research, support services, and education.
Participants can register by visiting www.parkinson.bc.ca.
SuperWalk is the largest national fundraising event for Parkinson's disease (PD) and this September, 95 communities across Canada and 19 communities throughout B.C. (including Burnaby, Campbell River, Chilliwack, Cranbrook, Duncan, Elk Valley, Invermere, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nelson, Parksville, Pitt Meadows, Prince George, Richmond, Salmon Arm, Surrey, Vancouver and Vernon) will join the fight to find a cure.
In communities with no organized walk, supporters can get involved by registering as a virtual walker. In B.C., the goal is to beat 2012's fundraising record of $595,000 and nationwide, the aim is to raise $3.3 million.
Teams are at the heart of SuperWalk's success and the Prevailing Westerlies are a group of youth committed to raising awareness through music. On SuperWalk day in Fort Langley, members Rhiannon Wallace, Roan Wallace, Margaret Lees and Kirsten Kwong will be performing a song they wrote along with Trenewan Wallace and David Lees entitled Grandpa's Song.
It was written in honour of their grandpa who passed away in 2012 from Parkinson's.
Event organizer Brenda-Lee Huot is focused on spreading the word and is excited to have the youthful spirit of the Prevailing Westerlies join SuperWalk.
"My father was diagnosed with PD 10 years ago. He passed away from
complications of PD in 2009. This is our 10th Superwalk and my seventh turn with helping to organize the event," she said. "Each year the numbers grow which equals more awareness and more funding for those living with the disease, including caregivers and family. Our ultimate hope is to find the cause and a cure for Parkinson's, but until then, we hope for quality of life - today and into the future."
Proceeds go to research and support services provided by Parkinson's Society British Columbia (PSBC).
Last year alone, PSBC funded two local researchers, hosted a regional conference and Young Onset seminar, delivered clinician training and community lectures to more than 400 people across the province, added five new support groups (bringing the current total to 53), and spoke one-on-one to more than 1,700 individuals seeking information. You can register on site for the Langley SuperWalk, starting at 9 a.m.
SuperWalk What: Benefiting Parkinson's Society British Columbia Where: Riverside Community Room (9273 Glover Rd.) When: Sunday, Sept. 8, registration at 9 a.m., walk begins at 10 a.m.
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