By Bobinec, Greg on August 13, 2019.
The Parkinson’s Association of Alberta is hosting their seventh annual Parkinson’s Step ‘n Strides on the first weekend of September and registrations are now open.
The Flexxaire Parkinson’s Step ‘n Stride takes place at nine locations across Alberta, including Lethbridge, and last year accounted for 54 per cent of their annual fundraising revenues. All money raised at the walks across Alberta stay in the regions in which they are raised to continue providing the no-cost support services and education vital to living with Parkinson’s disease, along with a portion being donated to research.
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, after Alzheimer’s disease, with an incidence rate that is expected to double by 2030. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease go further than visible tremors, and can also cause anxiety and depression, apathy, cognitive issues, and sleep disturbances. Forty per cent of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s will develop difficulty chewing and swallowing, and 89 per cent of them will develop difficulty speaking or barely whispering.
Parkinson’s disease in Alberta costs $45.2 million annually through hospital care, physician care, drug expenditures and mortality and morbidity costs. Through the Step ‘n Strides fundraiser, Parkinson’s Association of Alberta is able to provide care to help assist people with the disease and to hopefully find a cure.
The seventh annual Lethbridge Flexxaire Parkinson Step ‘n Stride Walk will take place Sept. 8 at Henderson Lake, with registration beginning at 1 p.m., followed by the walk at 2 p.m. If you would like to participate in the walk, or get a team together to increase your fundraising efforts, visit parkinsonassociation.ca.