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John "Bulldog" Hamil Walk/Ride for Parkinson's
In April, 2010, the John “Bulldog” Hamil Walk/Ride completed its fifth year and raised close to $8,000 for the fight against Parkinson’s. It began as a way to honor John Hamil, a faithful member of Jamestown Presbyterian Church, who suffered from Parkinson’s. With permission from his wife, a dedicated group of church members organized a walk to raise money for research.
The first two years in existence the event focused on providing a safe place for people to walk and show their support. The past three years has seen a growth in participation by offering bike routes for cyclists who wanted an alternative to walking. By offering a 10, 25, and 50 mile bike route, this year’s event hosted over 50 riders, as well as walkers.
The John “Bulldog” Hamil Walk/Ride for Parkinson’s provides an opportunity for the community to build friendships and form a united front in our fight against Parkinson’s and PSP. It also serves as a platform to raise awareness and to show support and love for members of our community who suffer from the effects of Parkinson’s.