Murray Charters to Receive the Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award at 2004 Walk

On Saturday, April 24, 2004, at the 10th Annual Parkinson's Unity Walk, the Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award will be presented to Murray Charters of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Bonander Award is presented yearly to an individual, or individuals, deemed to make an exemplary contribution to Parkinson's education and advocacy.

While Murray modestly describes himself as "jus' an ol' red-necked mechanic who happens to have Parkinson's," the Parkinson's community knows better. Murray maintains an ever evolving personal website, dedicated to Parkinson's World Awareness and FREE Easy Access to "Information" for all, aptly titled "Parkinson's Resources on the WWWeb". This warm, approachable site is a virtual conduit to the latest Parkinson's news and advocacy information.

Before there was a Web site, Murray began assembling links on Parkinson's education from his personal Internet searching of Web sites and newswires. He shared "the more interesting stuff" with members of his local Early Onset Parkinson's Support Group and with some members of the PARKINSN Information Exchange e-mail LISTSERVE. Eventually a Parkinsonian cyber-friend set up a Web site for Murray. In July 2002, Murray taught himself HTML coding and assumed the role of "Webmaster" of his site. Understanding the physical challenges that many individuals with Parkinson's face, Murray thoughtfully tailored his "Magic Links" to maximize results with minimal typing.

While Murray will readily tell you that he has no medical credentials and that you should check all information with your health care professional, he is eager to share all he discovers. He takes his desire to convey the latest Parkinson's news a step further by sending daily media "updates" via e-mail to the Parkinson's community. Each day Murray combs through online media/newswires to obtain the latest information. His e-mails always includes his source and, often, additional related information.

The Parkinson's Unity Walk is proud of the contributions Murray Charters is making to the Parkinson's community by keeping it informed and connected.
For more information on Murray Charters, please visit his Web site at http://www.geocities.com/murraycharters/index.html.

Past recipients of the Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award are Vernice Roberts, Lupe McCann, Jim Maurer, Marilyn Lamendola, Margot Zobel, Nancy Abraham and Brenda Tucker.