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Annual Parkinson's Walk Set for Saturday

By Amanda Plotts

This Saturday will mark the third annual Parkinson’s Walk for a Cure in Circleville in recognition of Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April.

Teresa Riffle, founder of the local event, became involved with her husband, Steve, and mother, Ruth Anne, in 2012 in honor of her late father and father-in-law, both of whom lived with the disease.

“I wanted to do something to honor them and their struggles,” Riffle said. “We know of a lot of other people in Pickaway County diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and thought it would be a good way to raise money for research.”

Last year, the event raised more than $1,400, she said. This year, Riffle has set a goal to raise $2,000 to give to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation to benefit research in the hope of reducing symptoms and preventing the disease altogether.

Riffle said she has seen an increase in participants each year since the event started and believes the increase is due to increased advertising and word of mouth.

The PDF also advertised the event on its Web site, said Riffle, and she was contacted by a family in southern Ohio who will be making the trip up to participate in the walk.

Riffle said she gets a lot of community support, and her business sponsors help make the event possible.

The walk will begin at 10:00 AM Saturday at the East Pointe Property, 9563 Route 22 East. One lap is three-fourths of a mile, and participants can determine the length they want to walk.

The event will start with a prayer and balloon release. There will also be a bake sale and fish fry expected to last until 1:00 PM.

Interested participants can register the day of the walk for a cost of $20. Anyone interested in donating to the cause can visit Riffle’s personal fundraising page at

Sponsors of the event include Circleville Physical Therapy, Circleville First Church, Drs. Shaw, Ely, and Dubos, Family Chiropractic of Circleville, PNC Bank, Schieber Family Pharmacy, Uniquely Yours, Wagner’s Flowers and Red Barn.

Source Date: Apr 23 2014
Source Publication: Circleville Herald
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