This message is commonly used for fund raising and educational events involving the National Parkinson’s Foundation.
This organization will partner with local volunteers in planning Polk’s fifth annual Parkinson’s Walk on April 21.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the Depot and the Walk will kick off at 11 a.m. Participants will meet at the Cedartown Depot and walk to Peek Park. There they can participate in other fundraising and fun activities.
Jennifer Hulsey, local organizer, said about $125,000 has been raised for the Parkinson’s Foundation during the past 5 years.
“We started this walk because there was not a lot of assistance in this area,” she said. “We are proud of the work that has been done and recognition given by the Georgia and National foundations.”
According to the latest statistics, about 60,000 people are suffering from this disease. Of this number, 14,000 have been identified in Northwest Georgia.
Hulsey has asked the Polk County Board of Commissioners to declare Parkinson’s Awareness Week April 16-22.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Nearly one million people in the US are living with Parkinson’s disease.
The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms.
For more information, contact James Trussell at the Georgia Parkinson's Association at www.gaparkinsons.org .