The largest national awareness and fundraising event for the Parkinson Society of Canada was held across the country Saturday at 95 participating sites, including here in Stratford.
The sixth annual Stratford and Area SuperWalk for Parkinson, held in Upper Queen's Park, attracted around 50 participants – a significant increase over last year despite the rainy weather. The walk was organized by the local Parkinson's support group.
Organizers anticipated over $30,000 would be raised locally, contributing towards the $3 million that was expected to be collected across Canada. The money supports Parkinson's research, support services, education and advocacy.
Parkinson's disease is a slowly progressive neurological disorder that can make the simplest tasks, like walking or eating, overwhelmingly difficult. The most common symptoms are tremors, slowness in movements, muscle stiffness and problems with balance.