Parkinson’s walk celebrates 25th anniversary

The Parkinson’s SuperWalk is celebrating its 25th year, with walks in over 20 communities across B.C., including Sparwood.

The Parkinson’s SuperWalk is celebrating its 25th year, with walks in over 20 communities across B.C., including Sparwood. The Sparwood walk is set for Sept. 12, starting at the Sparwood Senior’s Center at 10 a.m.

According to the Parkinson’s Society of British Columbia, there are currently over 12,500 people living with the neurological disease and the society is expecting a 65 per cent increase in the number of Parkinson’s cases by 2031. The walk is intended to raise both money and awareness about Parkinson’s and the people it affects.

“Last year we raised just over $13,000. We didn’t run with a goal because we never know what to expect,” said Terry Hume, an organizer of the Sparwood event. In 2013, the walk raised over $17,000. Hume said he is expecting a couple of hundred of people to participate.

This year, there will not be a silent auction at the event. That is the only difference with this year’s edition.

To donate, find a walk and register, visit www.parkinson.bc.ca/superwalk