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Poughkeepsie’s Walk Over Water Raises $10,000 for Parkinson’s Disease Charity

By Bob Dumas

Hundreds of supporters turned out Sunday for the Walk Over Water event in Poughkeepsie that benefited the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), and raised $10,000 for the charity.

The fourth annual fundraiser had participants take part in a 3-mile walk over the Walkway Across the Hudson starting in Hudson State Historic Park. New York State Senator Terry Gipson presented organizers with proclamations declaring April Parkinson’s Awareness Month in New York and recognizing the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley for its efforts..

The day also included free educational materials, Parkinson’s awareness bracelets and pins, and bubbles for participating children.

Members of the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley worked 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 $55,000 for PDF in the last four years from the walk and an annual letter writing campaign.

PDF supports the scientific research and ideas aimed to improve the lives 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.

“We are inspired by the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley and their continuing commitment to the cause,” said PDF President Robin Elliott. “Year after year, they bring their community together to make a difference for Parkinson’s Awareness Month and bring PDF one step closer to our goal of ending Parkinson’s.”

Gibson’s proclamation commending the Walk Over Water and declaring April Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month read in part:

“Whereas, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2014, as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month in the State of New York; and

Whereas, Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement; and

Whereas, In the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s Disease are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have Parkinson’s Disease; and

Whereas, Parkinson’s Disease is a substantial health problem in the State of New York and throughout the United States; it strikes disproportionately more men, but also women, with the average age of onset being 60 years old; and…be it

Resolved, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2014, as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month in the State of New York.”

Source Date: Apr 29 2014
Source Publication: Hudson Valley Reporter
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