TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 3, 2013) - Parkinson Society Canada launched its updated parkinsonsuperwalk.ca website today, opening registration for the 2013 event which takes place the second weekend in September in more than 100 communities across Canada. The nationwide fundraising goal for 2013 is $3.3 million.
This year the bilingual website offers some new features for walkers including cross-Canada teams that allow people to participate in their local Parkinson SuperWalk while joining any group nationwide. Canadians of all ages are invited to register as individuals, team captains or teams.
Blair Sigurdson was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2011 at age 50. He will register online and participate once again in 2013 as a member of The Young Onsets team in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
"We are so excited to be participating in our second annual Parkinson SuperWalk event," said Blair Sigurdson. "Our family has already begun our awareness campaign and we can't wait to begin fundraising on the new event website. We hope to top our team result of $14,406 from last year so that we can make an even greater difference to families living with Parkinson's." Blair and wife Karren will walk in September with their children Tyler and Jenna and the family dog Ruby.
Parkinson SuperWalk is a celebration of life and family. It's a once-a-year opportunity for the extended Parkinson community to gather and to raise awareness and funds on behalf all Canadians living with Parkinson's. More than 14,000 participants, volunteers and supporters, including over 500 teams, raised $3.24 million nation-wide in 2012.
"We are committed to keeping families living with Parkinson's informed, supported, and connected no matter where they live in Canada. Giving individuals the opportunity to participate in SuperWalk in family teams is a big step in the right direction," says Joyce Gordon, President and CEO, Parkinson Society Canada.
Since 1990 more than $25 million has been raised at Parkinson SuperWalk events across Canada and reinvested in communities coast-to-coast to provide evidence-based education resources and support services. Parkinson SuperWalk proceeds also support Parkinson Society Canada's National Research Program. Since 1981 more than $21 million dollars has been invested in over 400 projects to identify causes, improve treatments and one day find a cure.
Parkinson's is degenerative neurological disease for which there is no cure. More than 100,000 Canadians and over six million people worldwide have Parkinson's. Since 1965, Parkinson Society Canada, with regional partners and 240 chapters and support groups, has provided support, education, advocacy and funding for research.
Parkinson SuperWalk launches as part of Parkinson's Awareness Month in April. Individuals are invited to visit Parkinson Society Canada's national website to access free resources and information about living well with Parkinson's. To find support and information on events happening in your community, visit www.parkinson.ca or call 1-800-565-3000. Follow Parkinson SuperWalk on Facebook.