SuperWalk together to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease

Lace up your runners and grab a friend — registration is now open for Parkinson SuperWalk

Lace up your runners and grab a friend — registration is now open for Parkinson SuperWalk. The 3rd annual event takes place on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in Invermere’s Pothole Park.

Organizations, businesses, families and friends will walk together and enjoy the triumph of teamwork while raising critical funds for Parkinson’s research, support services and education. Participants can register by visiting www.parkinson.bc.ca.

SuperWalk is the largest national fundraising event for Parkinson’s disease and, this September, 95 communities across Canada and 18 communities throughout B.C. (Burnaby, Campbell River, Chilliwack, Cranbrook,  Duncan, Elk Valley, Fraser Valley, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nelson, Parksville, Pitt Meadows, Prince George, Salmon Arm, Surrey, Vancouver, Vernon and Invermere) will join the fight to find a cure. In communities with no organized walk, supporters can get involved by registering as a virtual walker. In B.C., the goal is to beat the 2012 fundraising record of $595,000. Nationwide, the aim is to raise $3.3 million.

Resident Grace Sander organizes SuperWalk Invermere and is at the heart of the event’s success.

“In our first year, we had 24 walkers who raised $3,000. The next year, 36 walkers raised more than $7,000. This year, we hope to raise $14,000. We need lots of walkers and lots of pledges!” said Ms. Sander.

Proceeds from SuperWalk go to research and support services provided by Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC).

Last year alone, PSBC funded two local researchers, hosted a regional conference and Young Onset seminar, delivered clinician training and community lectures to more than 400 people across the province, added five new support groups (bringing the current total to 53), and spoke one-on-one to more than 1,700 individuals seeking information.

Parkinson’s is the second most common degenerative neurological disorder after Alzheimer’s. It is estimated that 11,000 British Columbians and more than 100,000 Canadians live with the disease.

It is cruel and unforgiving causing tremors, rigidity, postural instability, difficulty talking, walking and swallowing, reduced facial expression, and in some cases, depression and dementia. It can strike anyone — women and men of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles. There is currently no known cure. Established in 1969, Parkinson Society British Columbia is a not-for-profit charitable organization that exists to address the personal and social consequences of Parkinson’s disease.

 

 

Contributed by Laura Darch

 

Just Posted

The end of an Echo
The end of an Echo

Invermere Valley Echo shuts down operations in Columbia Valley

Creating a new narrative for Canal Flats

Economic development consultant hired, lists vision for next 90 days

Princeton wildfire phots courtesy of Debbie Lyon.
UPDATE: Crews battle as wildfires rage in B.C. Interior

Crews brace for another day on B.C. firelines as no let up is likely

VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers
VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers

Wildfires continue to engulf regions of B.C.’s forests and communities.

Aerial view south of Williams Lake Friday afternoon shows dry lightning storm passing over, leaving fire starts behind. Lightning sparked more than 100 new fires Friday. (Black Press)
VIDEO: More than 180 wildfires burning across B.C.

Firefighters from other provinces called in to assist

DTSS Grad March 2017
DTSS Grad March 2017

DTSS Grad March 2017

59 cats seized in Chase
59 cats seized in Chase

59 neglected and injured cats were seized from a property in Chase

(Flickr/Andreas Eldh)
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

The singer/songwriter passed away early Thursday morning in Detroit

Paying tribute to a primeval passage
Paying tribute to a primeval passage

Uninterrupted celebrates the Adams River sockeye run in an extraordinary way.

UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds
UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds

In the past, the music festival located in Pemberton drew large crowds last year of 180,000 fans

Photo by: WeissPaarz.com
Medical wait times cost B.C. patients $2,300 each

New Fraser Institute report places B.C. at second worst in costs associated with long wait times

UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert
UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m.

A university study finds that about nine per cent of Canada’s Grade 11 and 12 students – roughly 66,000 teens – have driven within an hour of drinking and 9.4 per cent drove after using marijuana.                                 Photo: Now-
Leader file
One in three Canadian high school students have rode with drinking drivers, study reveals

Nearly one in five rode with a driver who’d been smoking pot

Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records
Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records

A lower court judge ruled to destroy the stories after 15 years unless consent is given to preserve

Most Read