Parkinson Society Canada

Parkinson Society Canada

September 13, 2011 13:29 ET

Canadians Coast to Coast Raise Hope, Awareness and Funds for Parkinson's

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2011) -

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Parkinson Society Canada congratulates and thanks all the many participants who came together this past weekend -- 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.

"Being heard, being understood and sharing ones 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 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's is a degenerative brain disease for which there is no known cause or cure. The most common symptoms are: tremor, slowness in movements, stiffness and problems with balance. Other symptoms can include depression, cognitive changes, sleep disorders, loss of sense of smell, and difficulties with speech and writing.

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

Parkinson Society Canada, in partnership with 10 regional partners and over 240 chapters and support groups, has been dedicated to research, education, support and advocacy on behalf of over 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinson's since 1965. To find out more about Parkinson's disease or services available near you, call 1-800-565-3000 or visit

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