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PDF Champions to Host Third Annual Parkinsonís Walk for a Cure in Circleville, OH, on Saturday, April 26

Circleville, OH, resident Teresa Riffle, is inviting her community to the Third Annual Walk for a Cure this April in recognition of Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The walk to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) kicks off on Saturday, April 26 at 10:00 AM at East Pointe Property at 9563 Route 22 East in Circleville, OH.

Ms. Riffle, 55, is a retired Circleville City Schools’ speech language pathologist. With support from her husband Steve and her mother Ruth Anne, she founded the event in 2012 in memory of her late father and father-in-law who both lived with Parkinson’s disease. The walk is scheduled on the last weekend of Parkinson’s Awareness Month to also coincide with her late father’s birthday.

“Our goal for this year is to raise at least $2,000 to benefit research through PDF as well as raise awareness of Parkinson's disease in our community. My family witnessed the debilitating progression of Parkinson’s in my father and father-in-law. It is our prayer that research provides answers for prevention, a cure, or more effective ways of slowing the progression of the disease,” says Ms. Riffle.

Working with the PDF Champions program, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Ms. Riffle hopes to build upon the success of last year’s walk, which raised more than $1,400. Registration to participate in the walk is $20. The first 50 people to register in advance will receive a free t-shirt. Guests will also enjoy a bake sale and a fish fry. The walk will begin with the release of green and yellow balloons, PDF’s signature colors.

PDF President Robin Elliott added, “We are grateful for Ms. Riffle’s continued commitment to the Parkinson’s cause, particularly during Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Her efforts will help PDF to improve the lives and futures of the nearly one million people across the country living with Parkinson’s.”

To support Ms. Riffle’s fundraising efforts, visit her personal fundraising page at http://support.pdf.org/Parkinsonswalkforacure2014. For more information, contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, info@pdf.org or www.pdf.org.

About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.

About the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson's disease by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson's disease through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated $100 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and $42 million to support education and advocacy programs.

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Source Date: Apr 17 2014