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The 23rd Parkinson’s Unity Walk to Take Place on Saturday, April 22nd in New York City’s Central Park

Largest grassroots event to raise funds and unite the community in the battle to eradicate Parkinson’s disease

KINGSTON, N.J. (March 6, 2017) -- The Parkinson Alliance announced today that the 23rd Parkinson’s Unity Walk will be held on April 22, 2017 in New York City’s Central Park.  Thousands of participants including patients, caregivers, family, and friends, are expected to walk together in the largest grassroots fundraiser for Parkinson's disease research in the United States.

“Together, one day we will achieve our shared goal of ending Parkinson’s disease.  There have been advancements in research and therapies, and the Unity Walk is a way to raise funding for research and keep the progress going,” explained Martin Tuchman, Chairman of The Parkinson Alliance.

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative, neurological disorder, affecting over one million people in the country.  60,000 new cases (one person every nine minutes) are diagnosed each year.

Carol Walton, Executive Director of the Parkinson’s Unity Walk explains that, “Each person diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease will have different symptoms and progression.  It is important to be equipped with knowledge about the disease, tools to fight it, and the support of an entire community.  Join us at the Unity Walk and you will have the opportunity to meet with Parkinson’s organizations, healthcare experts, nationally recognized Parkinson’s disease exercise programs, and movement disorders centers.  Watch exercise demonstrations and visit the booths of sponsors to learn about current medical therapies.”

Since the Unity Walk’s inception in 1994, it has funded hundreds of research studies.  Sponsors allow for every donation to go to Parkinson’s research funded by six leading Parkinson’s organizations: American Parkinson Disease Association, National Parkinson Foundation and Parkinson's Disease Foundation (divisions of the Parkinson’s Foundation), The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, The Parkinson Alliance, and The Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center.  Sponsors include Abbott, AbbVie, Acorda Therapeutics, CurePSP, GE Healthcare, Impax Laboratories, LSVT Global, Lundbeck, Medtronic, NeuroDerm, UCB, and US WorldMeds.

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About The Parkinson Alliance
The Parkinson Alliance is a national non-profit organization, dedicated to raising funds to help finance the most promising research to find the cause of and cure for Parkinson's disease; and is the umbrella organization for the Parkinson's Unity Walk.

Helaine Isaacs
Event Director
Parkinson's Unity Walk