While there have been advancements in research and therapies to improve Parkinson’s symptoms, we need to keep fighting, together and especially in April, our community’s month to raise awareness.
During our month, the Parkinson’s Unity Walk is the place where you can unite with fellow advocates, hundreds of teams, families, friends, caregivers, support groups, and major Parkinson’s disease foundations. The 2013 Parkinson’s Unity Walk will take place on Saturday, April 27 in New York City’s Central Park. It is the largest grassroots annual event in the United States. It brings over 10,000 participants to come together to build disease awareness and raise donations to help fund ground-breaking research on better treatments, and hopefully one day a cure.
Carol Walton, CEO of The Parkinson Alliance describes the annual awareness month event as “… so much more than just a Walk for a cure. It is a time to be with the rest of the community and learn more about how you can improve your quality of life while living with Parkinson’s.”
May May Ali, Social Activist and daughter of Muhammad Ali, encourages all those living with Parkinson’s and their families to turn the lights on by coming to the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, “With wisdom there’s power and empowerment. Would you rather walk through your house in the dark trying to look for everything? Or do you want to turn the lights on?”
Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about disease management as they spend time at the booths of major Parkinson’s organizations; Ask the Health Care Experts booth which will have a Movement Disorders Specialist and members of a multi-disciplinary team; and they can also visit sponsors’ booths and participate in activities that hope to inspire and encourage the Parkinson’s community.
The generosity of sponsors allows the Parkinson’s Unity Walk to donate one hundred percent of donations to research. Since the Parkinson’s Unity Walk’s inception in 1994, more than $12 million in research grants have been awarded. All donations are shared among: American Parkinson Disease Association, National Parkinson Foundation, Parkinson’s Action Network, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, The Parkinson Alliance, and The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center.
The Parkinson’s Unity Walk will take place at the Naumburg Bandshell on 72nd Street. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m., Kick-Off will begin at 9:45 a.m., and at 10 a.m. thousands of walkers will partake in a 1.4-mile, wheelchair-accessible stroll in Central Park.
Want to take action from your hometown? Getting started is as easy as registering online. Also join and follow the online conversation about #puw2013.
Make every step count and sign up at unitywalk.org.