Walk for Parkinson’s Disease scheduled

Published 10:31 am Wednesday, May 8, 2013

People young and old will put their bodies in motion to ease the burden and find a cure for Parkinson’s disease on May 18. The second annual Southern Minnesota Walk for Parkinson’s Disease will be at the Northbridge Mall in Albert Lea from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Anyone who would like to participate is welcome to form a team or just join other participants and walk. Individuals or teams are welcome to create signs showing support for those affected by Parkinson’s or in memory of someone who suffered with the disease.

Information about services and support for Parkinson’s patients and their families will be available and representatives of the American Parkinson Disease Association, National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota and Struther’s Parkinson Center will be present to answer questions.

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Parkinson’s disease belongs to a group of conditions called movement disorders. The disease is both chronic and progressive. Presently, there is no cure.

As many as 1 million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease.