SOURCE: Green Mountain Inn

Green Mountain Inn

May 18, 2010 20:44 ET

Green Mountain Inn to Sponsor Stowe 5K Power Run, Walk-a-Thon May 22

Proceeds to Benefit Vermont Chapter of American Parkinson Disease Association

STOWE, VT--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) -  Nearly 250 walkers are expected to participate in the Vermont American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) 5K Power Run and Walk-a-Thon to be held in Stowe on Saturday, May 22. As a major sponsor of the event, the Green Mountain Inn will be the host site for the day's registration as well as thank-you reception.

"This is a great event for an extremely worthy cause and we're very happy to be involved and serve as the base of operations for a number of the day's activities," says Innkeeper Patti Clark. "Both the Walk-a-Thon and the Power Run will begin at the start of the Stowe Bike Path which is behind the Stowe Congregational Church just up the street from the Inn. So our nearby location will provide participants with a convenient registration site to help make the event run as smoothly as possible. And we're delighted to host the wrap-up celebration and awards ceremony here. It should be a really great day for walkers as well as spectators who have come to cheer on family and friends and support such an important organization." 

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system affecting more than 1.5 million people in the United States. Caused by the death of certain cells in the brain that help control movement, Parkinson's is the second most common progressive degenerative neurological disorder.

Says Jean Baker, of the Vermont APDA Information and Referral Center, "This fundraiser is being held to help build awareness about Parkinson's." The Chapter's goal, Baker says, is to raise $25,000 through this event.

The national American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., which was founded in 1961, has sought to "Ease the Burden and Find the Cure" for this disease through research, patient and family support and education. 

The Vermont APDA has, since 1998, been committed to offering practical advice to the Parkinson's community on a wide variety of issues as well as providing educational opportunities and resources about this chronic illness. Says Baker, "We're dedicated to empowering Vermonters with Parkinson's, as well as their care partners, so that they may live well with Parkinson's disease." 

Registration for the Stowe event begins at 8 a.m. in the Inn's Village Room. The 5K Power Run starts at 9:30 with the Walk-a-Thon to follow at 10:30 and reception at noon. Individuals as well as teams are encouraged to join in and prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. To register, call 888-763-3366 or visit the website at www.parkinsonsvt.org

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