Volunteers with the Parkinson SuperWalk join Rhona Parsons (second from left) at last year’s event

Volunteers with the Parkinson SuperWalk join Rhona Parsons (second from left) at last year’s event

SuperWalk on track for Parkinson’s

The second annual event takes place Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. in Polson Park.

Lace up your runners, grab a friend and register for Parkinson SuperWalk.

The second annual event takes place Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. in Polson 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 20 communities throughout B.C. (Burnaby, Campbell River, Chase, Chilliwack, Cranbrook, Duncan, Elk Valley, Fraser Valley, Invermere, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nelson, Parksville, Pitt Meadows, Prince George, Richmond, Salmon Arm, Surrey and Vancouver) 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 BC, the goal is to beat 2012’s fundraising record of $595,000 and nationwide, the aim is to raise $3.3 million.

Community spirit is at the heart of SuperWalk’s success. Rhona Parsons, the local event organizer, has worked with individuals living with Parkinson’s for more than 10 years.

“I admire their keenness and commitment to prolonging the progression of the disease through fitness, health and wellbeing. To raise money and help this group of people, as well as the 11,000 others in B.C., it is the least I can do.”

Parsons is an amazing champion for spreading the word and building awareness. The more people she talks to about Parkinson’s, the more she finds that so many are touched by the mysterious disease.

“We’ve organized the walk and a silent auction and hope that the community can come and give their support…let’s make a difference and find a cure.”