TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 8, 2014) - The new Parkinson SuperWalk website at www.parkinsonsuperwalk.ca launches today. Canadians coast to coast are invited to register to participate at one of more than 110 locations from British Columbia to Newfoundland. The event takes place the weekend of September 6th and 7th celebrating everyday heroes who inspire extraordinary hope. If you can't join in person, consider registering for one of the many virtual events.
"We want to give our supporters a web experience that lets them participate in a meaningful way. Participants love to include their families and friends in their community fundraising and so we have developed an interactive site that lets them do that," says Joyce Gordon, President and CEO, Parkinson Society Canada.
The bilingual website offers walkers many features including:
- The ability to create a personal page with custom links, photos and your message of hope to share with friends, family and colleagues
- Connectivity through social media
- Customized tools to help participants engage with their contacts through email templates
- Personal Achievement Badges to celebrate milestones and success
Participants can also fundraise using printed pledge forms available at any Parkinson Society location across Canada. The nationwide fundraising goal for 2014 is $3 million.
Parkinson SuperWalk provides the opportunity for heroes of the Parkinson's community, volunteers and participants to gather and to raise awareness and funds on behalf of all Canadians living with Parkinson's. More than 14,000 participants, volunteers and supporters, including over 500 teams, raised over $2.75 million in 2013. National sponsors for 2014 are: Teva Canada Innovation, Naturegg Burnbrae and Roots Canada.
Since 1990, more than $25 million has been raised at Parkinson SuperWalk and invested in communities across Canada to provide evidence-based education resources, advocacy and support services. Parkinson SuperWalk proceeds also support Parkinson Society Canada's National Research Program. Since 1981, more than $21 million has been invested in over 425 projects to identify causes, improve treatments and one day find a cure.
Parkinson's is a 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.
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