SOURCE: Parkinson Society Canada

Parkinson Society Canada

Parkinson SuperWalk

August 11, 2016 06:00 ET

Do Something Grand This Grandparents' Day

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - August 11, 2016) - In exactly one month, on September 11, 2016, Canadians will be celebrating National Grandparents' Day. Parkinson Canada is inviting families to honour their grandparents by signing up today for Parkinson Superwalk, taking place in communities across Canada on September 10 and 11.

"You and your family can become everyday heroes inspiring hope for other families living with Parkinson's," says Jon Collins, Associate Director, Events & Partnerships, Parkinson Canada. "It's a fun way for family members of all ages to spend time together in a relaxed setting, celebrating Grandparents' Day, and raising funds and awareness for a special cause."

Grandparents Cindy and Garry Shyminsky agree. They've taken part in Parkinson SuperWalk in Sudbury, Ontario, for 15 years, beginning a few years after Garry was diagnosed with Parkinson's at age 40. This year, two of their sons along with their families, which includes three grandchildren will join them. And so will Garry's mom Carol and good friends Pam and Chris. The local Parkinson Canada support group hosts the walk.

Last year, their granddaughter Penelope, 6, really enjoyed becoming their "Everyday Hero," wearing a cape and mask. "It's just awesome for us to have family take part in SuperWalk with us, knowing they are supporting Garry, who lives with Parkinson's, and me too, as his caregiver," says Cindy. "It's so important to know we have their support on our Parkinson's journey, and I know it will be even more important as the disease progresses."

Every hour, of every day, another Canadian hears the words: "You have Parkinson's disease." For people newly diagnosed, Parkinson SuperWalk is a great opportunity to meet others living with the disease and their families and to begin to build a supportive network. It's a very hopeful event with people living with the disease participating. Funds raised are invested in communities across Canada to provide support services, education and advocacy for people affected by Parkinson's and for Parkinson's research into improving treatments and finding a cure.

Garry's mother Carol is already circulating her pledge form around town. His wife Cindy registers online and sends out the link to her personal page through her social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter. "This makes it easy for family and friends, especially those further away, to support Parkinson SuperWalk and Parkinson Canada, and at the same time show their support for both Garry and I," she says.

You and your family can join Garry and Cindy and their extended family and become an everyday hero, inspiring hope for Canadians living with Parkinson's as well as their families and caregivers. Make your grandparents proud and register today for a fun, family outing with a special purpose. Or contact Parkinson Canada at 1-800-565-3000 for details on a SuperWalk location near you.

About Parkinson SuperWalk

Parkinson SuperWalk provides the opportunity for participants to raise funds and awareness on behalf of all Canadians living with Parkinson's. The national sponsors for 2016 are Naturegg Burnbrae and Roots Canada. Since 1981, Parkinson SuperWalk has raised more than $34 million, which is invested in communities across Canada to provide support services, education for individuals and health professionals, and advocacy for people affected by Parkinson's. Funds also go toward research into improving treatments and finding a cure.

Caption: Cindy and Garry Shyminsky with granddaughter and "Everyday Hero" Penelope Shyminsky at last year's Parkinson SuperWalk in Sudbury. Parkinson SuperWalk 2016 takes place in communities across Canada on September 10 and 11, which is National Grandparents' Day.

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Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    Kelly Mills
    Parkinson Canada
    1-800-565-3000 ext. 3469 or 416-227-9700, ext. 3469