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Organizers Thank Community for Success of Parkinson's Walk

Dear Editor,

We would like to thank everyone for making the second annual Parkinson's Walk for a Cure a success. Individuals and families attended the walk April 27, where they walked at least one mile, ate brats and took home delicious cookies and cupcakes from the bake sale.

We hope everyone had as much fun as we did for such a great cause. All funds raised as a result of the event were donated to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation and matched by the Light of Day Foundation.

We would like to thank the following local businesses and our church for their support: Circleville Physical Therapy, Circleville First Church, Drs. Shaw, Ely and Dubos, Family Chiropractic of Circleville, PNC Bank, Schieber Family Pharmacy, Uniquely Yours and Wagner's Flowers.

The focus of educating people about the disease is usually on the Parkinson's patients, but the caregivers and family members are also affected. Sometimes there comes a point when the patient can no longer be cared for at home, which was the case in our family. When my mother, Ruth Anne Roush, could no longer physically care for my dad, he went to nursing home care.

Although she did not care for him 24/7, she was at the nursing home at least one time per day, being an advocate for him and caring for him the best she could. Parkinson's Disease definitely takes a toll on the caregivers' physical and emotional being.

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation is a wonderful resource for learning about the disease and providing support information for caregivers. You can visit their site at www.pdf.org.

Again, we thank everyone for your support, and we hope to see you next year on the fourth Saturday of April.

Respectfully,

Steve and Teresa Riffle

Source Date: Jul 02 2013
Source Publication: Circleville Herald
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