Parkinson Canada SuperWalk – Organizers are getting ready for the fourth annual Parkinson Canada SuperWalk in the West Island. Through this event, people will be coming together to walk in support of people living with Parkinson’s disease.
Hélène Deutsch was working as a registered nurse when she noticed she was taking longer to complete her usual tasks. While Parkinson’s disease was suspected, receiving confirmation from a neurologist in 2016 was still devastating.
Deutsch accessed Parkinson Canada’s information and referral services as she recognized the need to get more information so that she could face her disease with less anxiety. She will tell anyone that information she obtained on the resources she could access provided her with a solid foundation on which she could build over time.
Last year, Hélène participated in Parkinson Canada SuperWalk in the West Island for the first time and collected over $2,000 making her a Superstar SuperWalker. “When you support SuperWalk, you are doing so to fund activities and information that make a direct impact on the lives of Canadians living with Parkinson’s,” says Deutsch.
Now, Hélène Deutsch is no longer working as a registered nurse, but she is volunteering with Parkinson’s support groups. She teaches Parkinson’s disease 101 sessions for newly-diagnosed patients and their care partners. She also teaches Parkinson’s disease 201 sessions for nursing students and other health professionals.
Parkinson’s affects more than 100,000 Canadians
With 25 people being diagnosed every day. The number of diagnoses is expected to increase to 51 daily by 2031. Parkinson’s is one of the fastest growing neurological conditions in the world and also one of the most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases.
Continued support is needed in order to fund research to find a cure. To this end, SuperWalks have been held across Canada for 29 years to fund-raise for the cause; the first walk on the West Island started in 2016. Since 1981, Parkinson Canada has invested close to $29 million in research.
Sunday, September 8, will see Hélène Deutsch participating in the Montréal SuperWalk. Join her and many others in Ste-Anne-de-Belleville at John Abbot College’s Casgrain Building, at 12 pm to check in. The walk will begin at 1 pm. You can register online today at www.superwalk.caor email: firstname.lastname@example.org