Make every step count this April

So *FINALLY* our community’s disease awareness month is here.  This April, our team invites you to attend the 19th Parkinson’s Unity Walk on Saturday, April 27 in New York City’s Central Park. If you are looking for a place to unite with fellow advocates, teams, families, friends, and caregivers, come join us.

Our Executive Director, Carol Walton, describes our annual event as “… so much more than just a Walk for a cure.  It is a time to be with the rest of the community and learn more about how you can improve your quality of life while living with Parkinson’s.”

As a participant, you will have the opportunity to learn more about managing Parkinson’s. Spend time at the booths of major Parkinson’s organizations, Ask the Health Care Experts which will have a Movement Disorders Specialist and members of a multi-disciplinary team, and sponsors’ booths. You will have the chance to participate in activities designed to inspire and encourage our Parkinson’s community.  There will be activities for the whole family, including the Kids’ Zone.

The generosity of our sponsors allows the Parkinson’s Unity Walk to donate one hundred percent of donations to research.  Since our inception in 1994, more than $12 million in research grants have been awarded.  All donations are shared among: American Parkinson Disease Association, National Parkinson Foundation, Parkinson’s Action Network, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, The Parkinson Alliance, and The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center.

The Parkinson’s Unity Walk will take place at the Naumburg Bandshell on 72nd Street.  Registration will open at 8:30 a.m., Kick-Off will begin at 9:45 a.m., and at 10 a.m. thousands of walkers will participate in a 1.4-mile, wheelchair-accessible stroll in Central Park.  Additional event information can be found here.

If you want to participate from home, you can take action and fundraise from your hometown!  Getting started is as easy as registering online.  You can also join and follow the online conversation about #puw2013.

So please make every step count with us this April and sign up to join us.

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