December 2nd, 2013 by Our Team
Mark your calendars! April 26, 2014 has just been confirmed for the 20th Parkinson’s Unity Walk. The planning for the Walk began months ago, many walkers have already registered, and several fundraisers have already been held.
We know some of you have been waiting to register until the date is announced so WAIT NO MORE – register today and create your team! If you’re coming from out of town, check our website for hotel rooms at reduced rates. Log into “My HQ” and get started with your fundraising. The year-end holidays are a perfect time to reach out to your family and friends.
Please join us in making every step count at the largest grassroots Parkinson’s fundraiser in the country. Our walkers all have some personal connection to the Parkinson’s community and tell us that they experience a sense of empowerment by participating in the Walk and by raising funds for research. If you’re new to the Parkinson’s community, please join us so you can share that experience first-hand. If you’re a returning walker, we thank you for your continued support and commitment to this cause.
Want to get a better sense of why people participate in the Unity Walk? Our Parkinson’s CHAMPs will give you a glimpse into some of those reasons.
We’ll be sharing more fundraising ideas and Walk details with you in the months to come. Have questions about fundraising or Walk details? Feel free to call our office at 866-789-9255.
PUW Event Director
November 27th, 2013 by Our Team
A Thanksgiving Recipe for an Energized Unity Walk Team
A loving family
Parkinson’s Unity Walk
Mix first three ingredients together with the Parkinson’s Unity Walk around your holiday table this Thanksgiving and see what ideas are cooked up. We’ve heard countless stories of PUW teams and fundraisers that are created in this way. If you’re new to the Walk, what better time to come up with your team name? The fifth ingredient – humor – may inspire you! If you’re returning, use the time to come up with new fundraisers and ways to expand your team. Combine this mixture with the next three ingredients – devoted friends, caring colleagues, and social media – and see your team grow exponentially.
Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude and connection to one another. No gifts are exchanged; there are no distractions. Participating in the Unity Walk is a wonderful way to express gratitude and show support of someone in your life who is impacted by Parkinson’s disease. If you’re living with Parkinson’s disease, it’s an opportunity to express your gratitude to those who support you in so many different ways throughout the year. The Parkinson’s Unity Walk is the vehicle that brings it all together.
I am grateful for the opportunity to support such an incredible group of people. The walkers and teams I meet in my role as Event Director enrich my life and inspire me. At my family’s Thanksgiving table, we all take turns discussing what we are thankful for. Being a part of the Unity Walk is always on my list.
The Unity Walk is grateful to all our walkers and donors – those who are new and those who support the Walk year after year; large teams and small; those who walk in honor of someone or in their memory; and those who are living with Parkinson’s disease as well as their family and friends.
We wish you a relaxing and delicious holiday enjoyed with family and friends.
PS – For those of you who “celebrate” Black Friday, we wish you every success with your purchases!
November 25th, 2013 by Our Team
We hear from our walkers all the time that there are many different aspects of the Unity Walk that they appreciate – the sense of community created in Central Park; the hope, optimism and support they feel from one another; and the educational and informational resources available at the sponsor and foundation booths. All of that is consistent with our own experience of the Walk. I am always struck by the resilience, positive energy and humor of those who attend. Getting to know our walkers and teams is one of the most satisfying aspects of my role as Event Director of the Unity Walk. You are an amazing group of individuals!
While all of the above is important, the BOTTOM LINE for many of our walkers is the knowledge that 100% of the funds raised support research. I am always mindful of that priority and focus, but never more so than when we post the research projects funded by the Unity Walk on our website. Exploring the role of alpha- synuclein in Parkinson’s disease; gene therapy to re-establish functioning by restoring axons of surviving dopamine neurons; or new delivery systems that will reduce motor fluctuations and “off-time” – these are all examples of research funded with YOUR dollars. We never know which research project is the one that will take us closer to finding a cure, so funding seven different organizations with every dollar is a good investment. And until the cure is found, we also fund research that focuses on improving the quality of life of those living with Parkinson’s disease.
Check the “Where Your Money Goes” page on our website to read through the 2013 research grants that were awarded and updates on 2011 and 2012 grants.
November 4th, 2013 by Our Team
Imagine my delight when I got a phone call last year from Anna Costa, team captain of ”Banana’s Bunch”, asking if we were interested in having her husband’s company, Bimbo Bakeries, donate Entenmann’s Little Bites at the Unity Walk. Our response was an enthusiastic “YES” and we are grateful for the donation!
That was our introduction to the Costas and “Bananas Bunch” (formerly “Candy’s Angels”). We’ve gotten to know more about their connection to the Parkinson’s community and the Unity Walk, through Anna’s Parkinson’s CHAMP write up, which will be posted on our Parkinson’s CHAMP page soon. Our thanks to Anna for sharing her story with us. Stay tuned…