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2015 Jane Train Team Walk


Christy Phelps and I are co-captains of The Jane Train Team for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. We decided that we could make our biggest contribution to research for Parkinson's disease by creating a local walk in our home town of Maryville, Tennessee. The walk was held on April 18, 2015 and funds raised were donated to the Parkinson’s Unity Walk.

Walkers had a one and two mile option. We requested donations and those donating at least $20 received a t-shirt. Our t-shirts were donated by a local business and we had support from the Steel Room, where my co-captain/trainer is owner of a workout studio. Additional funds were raised through a silent auction with items donated by individuals and local businesses  – restaurants, sporting goods stores, manicures, handmade crafts, etc. We played games and had a photo booth on the day of the Walk. We collected $4,000 in our second year of fundraising – and we had a blast!

We plan on holding our third local walk this spring and then travel to New York City for the Walk in Central Park. Let's run Parkinson's disease out of town!

Jane Connatser
Team Co-captain, The Jane Train Team