Stroll, walk or run
in a fundraiser for Parkinson
The Parkinson SuperWalk on September 16 in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue
By Lisa Mintz
The Parkinson Canada SuperWalk will take place on September 16 on the John Abbott and MacDonald Campuses in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue at noon. Two new routes are proposed, 1.5km or 4.5km, where one can stroll, walk or run. JEWEL 106.7 will be there with music and an MC and walkers will have the chance to try Parkinson’s adapted boxing with a pro from Grant Brothers Boxing! Live performance by the West Island groups Sonic Spring and the Acapella Sounds Chorus will entertain participants along the walk.
Captain of the top SuperWalk 2017 team, Schipper Lab, Marisa Cressatti will be walking again this year. She is a young Parkinson researcher working on her PhD at McGill University and a regular volunteer at Parkinson Canada in Quebec. Marisa hopes to find better treatment strategies for patients through her research, and maybe even a cure.
Parkinson’s affects over 100,000 Canadians, a number expected to double by 2030.
“In the lab we work with test tubes and not with patients. Volunteering with Parkinson Canada gives me a chance to interact with the people I’m doing research for and SuperWalk gives me an opportunity to contribute to raising funds for research.” says Marisa. “It is fun and very rewarding,” she adds.
Parkinson’s affects over 100,000 Canadians, a number expected to double by 2030. Parkinson SuperWalk is a family outing with a special purpose. It is a great opportunity for people with Parkinson’s to meet others living with the disease, talk with their families, and begin to build a supportive network. Funds raised are invested in Quebec to provide services, education and advocacy for people affected by Parkinson’s and for research into improving treatments and finding a cure.
About Parkinson Canada and Parkinson SuperWalk
Parkinson Canada is the national voice of Canadians living with Parkinson’ disease. Since 1965 the group invests in research and provides education, advocacy and support services, including programs specific to the province of Quebec. Parkinson SuperWalk is the largest nationwide fundraising event for Parkinson Canada. Approximately 10,000 people in 70 cities organize and take part in this event. Since 1990, Superwalk has raised more than $38 million in support of the Parkinson community.
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Lisa Mintz is the Community Development Coordinator at Parkinson Canada.