Waterfront walk for Parkinson's

Kelowna will host it's first Parkinson SuperWalk next weekend.

The Parkinson SuperWalk will raise funds to find a cure and provide support services for people living with Parkinson's in the province.

The walk will start in Waterfront Park on Saturday, September 11 at 10 a.m.

Local honorary SuperWalk chair, Reverend Albert Baldeo, has been coping with Parkinson's disease for 21 years.

"I am grateful for what I can still do and I try not to grieve over my limitations," says Baldeo.

"Parkinson's disease affects people in different ways. My first symptom came when I was doing a graveside service and I felt like I was going to fall into that hole. It was the shortest graveside I ever did!"

"There are 11,000 of us living with Parkinson's disease in B.C. alone, and more funds are needed for research so that a cure can be found soon," says Baldeo.

The Parkinson SuperWalk is the largest and most important national fundraising event of the year for the Parkinson Society British Columbia and the 12 Parkinson partners across Canada.

The goal is to raise $255,000 in B.C. and $3 million nationally.

Parkinson's is a debilitating disease that not only affects people over 60, but many in their 30's and up.

As Canada's population ages, the incidences of Parkinson's are on the rise.

Next to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's is the second most common chronic neurological disorder.

To register, sponsor a walker, or to make a donation to Parkinson SuperWalk, call 1-800-668-3330.

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