Walk in the mall to build Parkinson’s awareness

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April is Parkinson Disease Awareness Month, making it the perfect time for the American Parkinson Disease Association Optimism Walk in Boca Raton. The April 17 walk aims to build awareness and raise funds for the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), which is the country’s largest grassroots Parkinson’s organization charged with helping to improve quality of life for the more than one million Americans with Parkinson’s and their families.

The 2016 Optimism Walk South Florida is part of a nationwide movement to put an end to Parkinson’s. This is not a race. You might not even have to train for the event. The local Optimism Walk starts at 9 a.m. near the Saks Fifth Avenue entrance at Town Center at Boca Raton (6000 Glades Road). Participants will do a short walk (less than a mile) in the shopping center.

There will be no trophies for speed, but the top three individual fundraisers will receive prizes.

Everyone’s invited to bring friends and family affected by the disease. There will be music, vendors, educational opportunities and more.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Marcus Neuroscience Institute is the local presenting sponsor of the walk.

Click here to register, or contact Denise Jordan at 800/825-2732 or djordan@apdaparkinson.org.

Some background:

APDA has a dual mission to Ease the Burden – Find the Cure. To Ease the Burden, APDA offers services and support for people with Parkinson’s and their families through a nationwide network of chapters, information and referral centers, as well as support groups. To Find the Cure, APDA funds centers for advanced research and awards grants to fund promising research toward discovering the cause(s) and finding the cure for Parkinson’s.

In the U.S., there’s a new Parkinson’s diagnosis every nine minutes. There are 60,000 Parkinson’s diagnoses annually.

Parkinson’s disease is the 14th leading cause of death in the U.S. and is estimated to cost our country at least $14.4 billion annually.