Sunday, September 10th (2023) was a day to Walk for Parkinson’s in Saugeen Shores.
The annual event saw some 70 participants, whose families, friends and lives have been touched by one of the fastest neurological diseases in Canada, gather at North Shore Park in Port Elgin.
At the walk, many return each year, including the Cotie family lead by Pastor Bob Cotie, who raised more than $2,500.
Holly Vanderzwet, a local fitness guru, began the event with a warm-up to ensure everyone was limber and ready to go.
The fundraising event held each year, had a number of sponsors including Matchett Financial Services, Carson’s Supply, Port Elgin Veterinary Clinic and many more.
Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau also attended the event thanking participants for their fundraising efforts.
Parkinson’s shows no social, ethnic, economic or geographic boundaries. More than 10,000 individuals currently live with Parkinson’s disease in Southwestern Ontario. Symptoms typically begin to appear at age 55 to 60 years, although 10% of all people diagnosed with Parkinson’s will be under the age of 40. Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease.
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Although final fundraising numbers are yet to be determined, the initial count is $7,639.