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2008 Parkinson's Unity Walk Hosts Over 10,000 Participants

Early on the morning of April 26, 2008, the Parkinsonís Disease Foundation (PDF) Pacers joined 10,000 other members of the Parkinsonís community for the 14th Annual Parkinsonís Unity Walk in New York Cityís Central Park.

The crowd gathered as early at 10 AM for a full day of educational and community building events Ė all culminating with a 1.7 mile walk. Led by members of PDFís People with Parkinsonís Advisory Council and donning green team t-shirts, the Pacers Team joined a crowd of all ages, who wore team shirts of every color, held signs of support and sported painted faces - all in support of a cure and of loved ones living every day with Parkinsonís.

Walkers spent the morning visiting informational booths, such as one led by PDtrials, which educated participants about the important of clinical research, and another called Ask the Doctor, which made leading physicians available for open questions to people with PD and their families.

At noon, the Unity Walk Program began in the Parkís Bandshell area. The Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award, annually presented an individual who has made significant contributions to the Parkinsonís community, this year was bestowed upon Marlene Kahan. Ms. Kahan was diagnosed with Parkinsonís three and a half years ago. Since then, she has grown her own Unity Walk team, Team Mag Queen, and helped to develop a successful public service announcement about Parkinsonís in conjunction with Carol Walton, CEO of the New Jersey-based Parkinson Alliance, and Maryum ĎMay Mayí Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali.

After the ceremony, people with PD, their families, friends and other supporters, began the walk around the southern loop of Central Park. A sunny and beautiful day, the entire event brought together all parts of the PD community. It also raised over $1.6 million for Parkinsonís research, supporting the research programs of several national Parkinsonís organizations, including PDF.

PDF is proud to participate in the Parkinsonís Unity Walk and thanks all team members and visitors to our tables for their participation! PDF expresses special thanks to its People with Parkinsonís Advisory Council (PPAC) and Pacers Captain, Bruce Talbot.

Source Date: Apr 30 2008