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Tulare-Kings Parkinson's Support Group
1st Annual Parkinson's Walk


On May 5, 2007, in tree-shaded Blain Park in Visalia, California, approximately 75 people walked, rode in wheel chairs or walked with the aid of walkers, and raised over $12,000 to fund the research to find the cure for Parkinson’s disease. Families came from other areas in the state to support moms, dads and grandparents who are dealing with PD.

There were family reunions and even a birthday party to add to the festive atmosphere. A granddaughter, who is a nurse, donated her medical services on behalf of her grandpa. We were grateful to have her there, but even more thankful her medical services weren’t required!

Food and refreshment were donated by local merchants like Jack-In-The-Box, Foster Farms, Sunkist. Support Group members provided coffee and doughnuts. Glen Wells Construction Co. funded the cost of the t-shirts and, because of that, 100% of all the donations raised went to PD research. The t-shirts, with the major supporters’ logos on them, were in full color and looked just GREAT!

Our Tulare-Kings (counties) Parkinson’s Support Group, which is in the heart of the agriculturally-rich San Joaquin Valley in central California, has approximately 150 members. Donna Kos, who coordinates a walk in Sunnyvale each year, spoke at one of our meetings and inspired us to have our own walk in support of New York City’s Parkinson’s Unity Walk.

With our balloons, banners, hand-carried signs, supportive publicity, and with the famous spirit of small-town America, our first Annual Tulare-Kings Parkinson’s Walk was a rousing success. A comment heard often at the end of our walk was, “Next year, I’m going to contact...!” “I didn’t know what to expect, but this was just great! Next year…”

We had a great day!

Mary Dickerson & Pat Sedlack Glen Wells