One step and stride at a time to fight off Parkinson's

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September 2, 2014 10:20 AM

The Parkinson Step 'n Stride Walk returns to Bud Miller All Seasons Park this weekend. - File Photo

To borrow a song lyric from Nickelback, “if today was your last day,” would you do anything different? If today was your last of freedom from Parkinson’s disease, would you take advantage of every opportunity to get out and be mobile until you couldn’t move a muscle from fatigue?

The Bud Miller All Seasons Park in Lloydminster is a good place for being mobile on several trails with fabulous scenery and an atmosphere that can’t be beat. Taking advantage of these attributes, Parkinson Alberta will be holding the second annual Flexxaire Parkinson Step ‘n Stride Walk Sept. 7. Registration is at 10 a.m. and the walk begins at 11 a.m.

Registrations can also be completed online at www.parkinsonalberta.ca. You can also find more information on the disease and how it works to shut down the body’s motor systems and speech.

Since there is no known cause or cure, the best we can do is to help the sufferers stay as mobile as they can for as long as they can. Bud Miller park is ideally suited to this purpose.

“Last year was the first walk for Lloydminster. It was exciting a good turnout and amazing fundraiser,” said Brandi LaBonte, communications and community relations, Parkinson Alberta.

The walk itself is slated to be two distances, one kilometre and three kilometres, but LaBonte said people don’t even have to walk, they can stay at the base, making friends and enjoying a day out.

The bonus is the money raised to support Parkinson Alberta’s 29 support groups and their programs.

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