The Parkinsonís Unity Walk committee shares a bit of history surrounding the community event, which takes place this Saturday, April 26 in Central Park.
Each year, thousands come together for the annual Parkinsonís Unity Walk. This community supports the more than one million people who are living with Parkinsonís disease.† Family and friends gather together, dedicating time to helping raise awareness and funds to put an end to Parkinsonís.
Supported by seven national Parkinsonís organizations including The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonís Research, the 20th Parkinsonís Unity Walk will take place on Saturday, April 26 in New York Cityís Central Park.
The Parkinsonís Unity Walk was started by the late Margot Zobel in 1994 when 200 walkers raised approximately $16,000 for research.† Zobel believed that collectively, individual voices are strong.† Today, the Walk has grown into the largest grassroots fundraiser event of its kind in the country.† In 2013, over 10,000 walkers raised over $1.7M in donations.† Since the Walkís inception, 100% of donations have gone to Parkinsonís research.
In addition to the Walkís primary goal to raise funds for research, it is also a day of community and education.† At the Walk, informational booths staffed by representatives from companies and organizations working in Parkinsonís disease feature information about available therapies, recruiting clinical trials, †and advocacy resources.† The Ask the Healthcare Experts booth provides access to healthcare professionals including a movement disorder specialist, a neurosurgeon, and a physical therapist who can offer general information on disease management.
Each personís unique and distinctive contribution is important to our community.† Our success in finding a cure will come from the combined commitment of individuals.† Every person who participates in the Parkinsonís Unity Walk makes a difference.† Every step we take together in Central Park brings us one step closer to our communityís goal of finding a cure for our loved ones.
Visit the Parkinsonís Unity Walk YouTube Channel to see the 2014 Unity Walk PSA.
Join us and register/donate at unitywalk.org.