Parkinson Society Canada

Parkinson Society Canada

September 12, 2010 22:05 ET

Parkinson Society Canada: Hope in Action Drives Canadians With Parkinson's to Reach Record $3 Million as Superwalk Celebrates 20th Year

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2010) - Canadians came out in droves this weekend to show their support to find a cure for Parkinson's disease driving toward the target $3 million, as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of Parkinson Superwalk, the largest annual fundraising event for Canadians living with Parkinson's. 

"Participating in Parkinson SuperWalk reminds me of why I became a neuroscientist specializing in Parkinson's," says Dr. Naomi Visanji, who formed a team with her University of Toronto colleagues. "It was truly a moving experience to witness the hope in action, walking along side people with Parkinson's, supported by their family, friends and loved ones."

Visanji hopes for a cure one day and until then, she and other Parkinson's researchers will continue to focus on learning as much as they can about this disease, to intervene earlier and to improve people's quality of life. Funds raised at Parkinson SuperWalk, in part, support the National Research Program.

"We are so grateful to the 13,000 Canadians who came together across the country to raise vital funds in support of Parkinson's research, education, advocacy and support services on this our 20th anniversary of Parkinson SuperWalk," says Joyce Gordon, President & CEO of Parkinson Society Canada.

With record results to date, walks continue throughout September and donations can be made until September 30, 2010 online at www.parkinsonsuperwalk.ca.

Parkinson's is a progressive 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 that may also occur include loss of sense of smell, difficulties with speech and writing, sleep disorders, depression and cognitive changes.

Since 1965, Parkinson Society Canada has provided and funded research education, support services and advocacy on behalf Canadians living with Parkinson's and their families. For more information on Parkinson's visit www.parkinson.ca.

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