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Mid-Hudson Valley Parkinsonís Support Group to Host Annual Walk Over Water

By Bob Dumas

The fourth annual Walk Over Water, a community fundraiser and educational event that benefits the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), will be held at the Walkway Across the Hudson on Sunday, April 27, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

The three-mile walk will begin on the Poughkeepsie side of Hudson State Historic Park. During the event, New York State Senator Terry Gipson will present a proclamation declaring April Parkinson’s Awareness Month in New York and recognize the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley.

The day will also include free educational materials, Parkinson’s awareness bracelets and pins and bubbles for children. A limited number of free wheelchairs will be available to those who may need one during the walk and student volunteers will be in attendance to assist.

Nancy Redkey and fellow members of the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley are working with the PDF Champions program, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation to coordinate the event. The support group has raised nearly $45,000 for PDF in the last three years from the walk and an annual letter writing campaign.

PDF supports the scientific research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people who are touched by Parkinson’s disease. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has invested more than $142 million in research, education and advocacy programs.

“Parkinson’s doesn’t just affect individuals. It affects the entire family and all of the people that person with Parkinson’s knows,” Redkey said. “We all need to be involved to find a cure.”

As many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, a chronic and progressive movement disorder. Although research is promising, there is currently no cure. Each year, the community recognizes April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

To support the Mid-Hudson support group’s fundraising efforts, visit the Walk Over Water website. For more information, contact PDF at 800-457-6676, info@pdf.org or www.pdf.org.

Source Date: Apr 23 2014
Source Publication: Hudson Valley Reporter
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