Parkinson SuperWalk goes this Saturday

The Sept. 12 walk starts at Waterfront Park in Kelowna with registration at 9 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m.

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.

To donate, find a walk and register, visit or call 800-668-3330. Follow at @ParkinsonsBC on Twitter for the latest resources and news.


Just Posted

Kelowna’s Community Calendar

Check out some upcoming events, or add your own event to our community calendar

YMCA launches teen program for mental health

Starting April 5, the Kelowna Family Y will host its first run of Mind Fit

Sunday Fiction: My father through my own eyes

Kelowna columnist William Peckham writes a monthly fiction column for the Capital News

Hodge: Losing a legend, and a local character

Kelowna columnist Charlie Hodge says two people have left large legacies

Need to catch up on news? You’re covered

Every Saturday the Capital News will highlight stories from the week

VIDEO: B.C. Mounties reunite veteran with lost military medals

RCMP say Zora Singh Tatla, who served in the army in India for 28 years, is the righful owner

Cirque du Soleil aerialist dies after fall during Florida show

Longtime performer fell while performing in VOLTA

Canada earns second Paralympic Games silver in 20 years

Held 1-0 lead in para hockey game from 12:06 of first to dying seconds of third and lost in overtime

LETTERS: Two views of oil pipeline protests

U.S. and other petroleum-rich countries aren’t cutting production

Canadian Paralympic team picked up record 28 medals

The 55 athletes strong had set a cautious goal of 17 medals for PyeongChang

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Canadian comic Mike MacDonald dies at 63

Ottawa-born comedian had performed on David Letterman

Wilkie adds silver to medal collection

Para-Nordic skier picks up her third medal of the PyeongChang games in relay

Letter: Crying fowl over goose cull witness

Kelowna letter-writer says Canada geese come with many issues

Most Read