Thousands gathered at MLK Drive this morning for a 3 miles walk to make a difference in the lives of people living with Parkinson’s. Held annually in Philadelphia’s beautiful Fairmount Park, the Stamp Out Parkinson’s Walk has raised over $1.4 million in the last 11 years to promote community awareness, education and advocacy as well as Parkinson’s disease research, programs and services that improve the quality of life for people with PD and their families in the Delaware Valley region.
Parkinson’s Disease affects 1.5 million people in the US and, according to the National Institute of Health, about 50,000 new cases are reported annually. It is a chronic neurodegenerative illness with variable progression over time. Many features of the illness can cause increasing disability over time.
Funds from today’s walk will support researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in their work to investigate molecular mechanisms in neuroprotective proteins and cell-replacement therapy. They will also help support Pennsylvania Hospital’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center in their community outreach efforts and continuing research on barriers to treatment and care for people with PD from communities of color.
Funds from past Walks have already enabled the Dan Aaron Stay Fit Program at Arcadia University to purchase vital exercise equipment an technology “to provide the highest quality of service” to their participants.
If you would like to join in the fight to STAMP OUT PARKINSON’S visit theparkinsoncouncil.org/donate