SOURCE: Parkinson Society Canada

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September 03, 2014 06:00 ET

Parkinson SuperWalk Inspires Families to Celebrate Hope Over Adversity

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - September 03, 2014) - On September 6th and 7th, more than 14,000 everyday heroes in 110 communities across the country will display their superpowers in the 24th annual Parkinson SuperWalk. Each year, the event raises awareness and money to support valuable research, education, resources and support services for people living with Parkinson's and their families. 

Indeed, it is family members, friends and community supporters that step up and walk together to show their support for someone living with Parkinson's disease. That's the case for Randy Thomas, diagnosed with the disease two years ago at age 44. At Randy's first SuperWalk last year, more than 50 members of the Tseil-Waututh Nation (TWN), many of them family members, walked with him, including his mother, the Chief of the Nation.

"Words cannot explain the emotions that I felt during the walk," says Randy, who is the Team Captain. "I was overjoyed with the love and support -- it keeps me going every day."

This weekend, Randy and his supporters on team TWN Wolf Pack will take their superpowers to beautiful Stanley Park in Vancouver as one group among thousands of everyday heroes across Canada who volunteer and participate in Parkinson SuperWalk. Together, they hope to raise $3 million. To register, donate, or find a walk, visit online at www.parkinsonsuperwalk.ca. Follow Parkinson SuperWalk on Facebook or on Twitter @SuperWalk. For more about Parkinson's disease and to find support in your community, visit www.parkinson.ca or call 1-800-565-3000.

About Parkinson SuperWalk
Since 1990, more than $27 million has been raised by 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 $22 million has been invested in over 425 projects to identify causes, improve treatments and to one day find a cure.

About Parkinson's disease

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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Contact Information

  • For more information, or to arrange an interview with Randy Thomas, please contact:

    Kelly Mills
    Parkinson Society Canada
    1-800-565-3000 ext. 3469
    416-227-9700, ext. 3469
    kelly.mills@parkinson.ca