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Moving Day Buffalo, A Walk for Parkinson's, to raise funds & awareness for Parkinson's disease

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Tue, Sep 17th 2019 04:00 pm
Pictured is a scene from last year's event, courtesy of the Parkinson's Foundation, Western New York Chapter.
Pictured is a scene from last year's event, courtesy of the Parkinson's Foundation, Western New York Chapter.

The Parkinson’s Foundation will host its annual Moving Day Buffalo, A Walk for Parkinson’s, at the SUNY Erie North Campus on Saturday, Sept. 21. This is one of more than 40 grassroots events taking place across the country this year. The event begins at 9 a.m., with the 3-mile walk starting at 11 a.m.

Funds raised through Moving Day will support cutting-edge research and community programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease and their families.

One million Americans are living with Parkinson’s, with 60,000 people newly diagnosed each year. Moving Day Buffalo is a fun and inspiring fundraising event that unites the community in the fight against Parkinson’s. Moving Day events across the country have raised nearly $22 million to improve care and advance research toward a cure.

“Moving Day is fun, it is great exercise and it’s educational,” said Chris Jamele, executive director of the Parkinson’s Foundation, Western New York Chapter. “But mostly, the support of the community enables us to continue to make meaningful improvements in the lives of those with Parkinson’s.”

More than just a walk, Moving Day Buffalo is a celebration of movement featuring a kids’ area, a caregivers’ relaxation tent and a special movement pavilion with yoga, dance, tai chi, Pilates and other activities – all proven to help manage Parkinson’s symptoms.

Bob Russell of Youngstown has been battling Parkinson’s disease for 15 years. His wife, Lori, has been by his side every step of the way. The Russells have been active members of the local Parkinson’s community, giving their time and talents to help with support groups and numerous events. They plan to participate in this year’s walk along with a large team of family and friends.

Bob said, “It means the world to see my friends and neighbors coming out to bring attention to the Parkinson’s community. Living each day with Parkinson’s can be challenging, but better treatments, programs and research make all the difference. This event always gives me hope and reminds me I’m not alone.”

Funds raised through Moving Day support the Parkinson’s Foundation national mission by: delivering quality care to more than 145,000 people living with Parkinson’s; funding cutting-edge research to advance toward a cure; and providing free resources and local services for people living with Parkinson’s and their families.

To learn more about Moving Day or how to get involved, visit www.movingdaybuffalo.org.

The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. For more information, visit www.parkinson.org or call 800-4PD-INFO (473-4636).

Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s, and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the U.S. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is presently no cure for Parkinson’s.

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