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5th Annual Central Valley Parkinson's Support Group Walk

This article has been reprinted from the June 6, 2011 edition of The Visalia Times.

Thumbs up to the donors and supporters of the Central Valley Parkinson’s Support Group. The fifth annual Central Valley Parkinson’s Support Group’s walk to raise funds for Parkinson research was a great success. To date, we have raised $27, 500 and still have donations coming in.

We partner with the National Unity Walk held in New York’s Central Park. This year’s National Unity Walk was April 16. The purpose of these walks is to raise funds to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. One hundred percent of all donations are used toward Parkinson’s research. In the last five years, we have placed fourth in the nation for raising the most money.

The CVPSG walk was April 30 at Blain Park in Visalia. Thanks to local supporters, we had A&W root beer floats, Domino’s Pizza and boxed lunches provided by the Vintage Press.

Our chairman, Bruce McDermott, helped to organize this special day in recognition of Edmund Hurlbut, a longtime Visalian who died from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

A big thank you goes out to Bruce, who worked long hours in organizing the entertainment and in helping to raise donations.

I would also like to thank the local businesses and supporters who helped to make our walk such a great success.

Donations are currently being accepted and can be mailed to CVPSG, P.O. Box 7314, Visalia, CA 93290. Donations are accepted year-round and can be mailed to the same address.

Our monthly meetings are held at the Methodist Church, corner of Akers Street and Caldwell Avenue in Visalia at 10:30 a.m. the first Friday of each month (no meeting in July). Anyone is welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

Donna DeVries
Central Valley Parkinson’s Support Group