This Saturday, family, friends and co-workers are teaming up to inspire hope for over 1,300 residents of the Okanagan and 12,500 British Columbians living with Parkinson’s disease.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Parkinson SuperWalk, which is set to take place in over 20 communities across British Columbia.
Join other community heroes on Sept. 12, at Waterfront Park by the Dolphins sculpture in Kelowna. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m.
Participants will utilize their superpowers by generating awareness of the disease and helping to raise funds for valuable education, resources and support services. Proceeds from the walk will also be invested in vital research in the Okanagan, including that which investigates the benefits of exercise for symptom management.
“In addition to promoting general awareness of the disease to the public, over the last few years we’ve been focusing our efforts on encouraging the inclusion of challenging exercises as a part of one’s treatment plan” says Jean Blake, CEO of Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC).
Recent research has yielded results that favour exercise as a method of delaying the progression of the disease. In June 2015, the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) released the results of the largest clinical study of Parkinson’s ever, collecting data from over 3,000 participants. “This study makes it clear that everyone with Parkinson’s disease should be exercising. Patients suffer when they delay starting their exercise, and it doesn’t seem to matter what they do, they benefit from just getting up and moving,” said NPF’s national medical director Dr. Michael S. Okun.
As the largest national fundraising event for Parkinson’s, SuperWalk has allowed PSBC to develop programming that not only encourages exercise, but teaches the most effective methods for managing the varying and progressive symptoms of the disease. This September, the society welcomes Becky Farley, CEO and founder of the Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!) programming to train local physiotherapists and fitness instructors on effective exercise techniques specifically for those living with Parkinson’s.