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A stroll for Parkinson's in Port aux Basques

Norma Dutot participated in her sixth fundraising walk for Parkinson's disease on Sept. 25. Dutot was diagnosed with Parkinson's 24 years ago.
Norma Dutot participated in her sixth fundraising walk for Parkinson's disease on Sept. 25. Dutot was diagnosed with Parkinson's 24 years ago.

It was crisp, cool day in Port aux Basques on Sept. 25, but it didn't stop a determined group of people from raising awareness of Parkinson's disease.

About a dozen people walked a short loop from the LeGrow Health Centre to the Grand Bay Mall and back.

Among them was Norma Dutot, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's 24 years ago.

Dutot, who had participated in five walks previously, said they raised $1,855 this year.

Dutot said it's unlikely a cure would be found in her lifetime, but that wouldn't stop her from doing her part.

"If I can help somebody I'm gonna," she said.

Parkinson's fundraisers are held across the country each year, with SuperWalk being the largest event for Parkinson Canada.

In 2015, SuperWalk events across Canada raised $2.7 million. Since the first SuperWalk in Toronto in 1990, more than $33 million has been raised for support services, research, advocacy and education.

Parkinson Canada SuperWalk facts

1990 – Seven members of the Toronto chapter hold the first SuperWalk.

1995 – B.C. hosted its first Parkinson SuperWalk in Vancouver. The first SuperWalk event in southwestern Ontario took place in 1995 in London and raised $11,000. Sarnia began holding a SuperWalk in 1996 and Windsor held its first event in 1997.

2000 – SuperWalk for Parkinson's celebrates its 10th anniversary with 38 walks across Canada, raising $641,191.

2002 – In two years, SuperWalk doubles its revenue to $1,266,574. Parkinson SuperWalk begins online fundraising.

2004 – SuperWalk reaches new heights with 74 walks raising almost $1.7 million.

2007 – SuperWalk breaks the $2.1-million mark, with more than 12,000 walkers participating in 80 walks across Canada.

2009 – SuperWalk for Parkinson's raises more than $2.3 million with over 13,000 walkers in 87 locations across Canada.

2010 – On its 20th anniversary, SuperWalk for Parkinson's gets a new name, Parkinson SuperWalk. For the first time, the $1-million mark in online donations was passed.

2012 – Parkinson SuperWalk raises more than $3.24 million in 100 communities across the country.

2014 – Participants and donors in central and northern Ontario exceeded the $1-million mark in a single year for the first time. For the first time, more than half of SuperWalk donations were made online, totalling more than $1.5 million. Southwestern Ontario hosts 12 Parkinson SuperWalk events and has raised more than $4.6 million since its first event in 1995.

2015 – Parkinson SuperWalk marks its 25th anniversary. Vancouver's Parkinson SuperWalk marks its 20th year.    

Source: parkinson.ca    

bryan.tait@tc.tc

About a dozen people walked a short loop from the LeGrow Health Centre to the Grand Bay Mall and back.

Among them was Norma Dutot, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's 24 years ago.

Dutot, who had participated in five walks previously, said they raised $1,855 this year.

Dutot said it's unlikely a cure would be found in her lifetime, but that wouldn't stop her from doing her part.

"If I can help somebody I'm gonna," she said.

Parkinson's fundraisers are held across the country each year, with SuperWalk being the largest event for Parkinson Canada.

In 2015, SuperWalk events across Canada raised $2.7 million. Since the first SuperWalk in Toronto in 1990, more than $33 million has been raised for support services, research, advocacy and education.

Parkinson Canada SuperWalk facts

1990 – Seven members of the Toronto chapter hold the first SuperWalk.

1995 – B.C. hosted its first Parkinson SuperWalk in Vancouver. The first SuperWalk event in southwestern Ontario took place in 1995 in London and raised $11,000. Sarnia began holding a SuperWalk in 1996 and Windsor held its first event in 1997.

2000 – SuperWalk for Parkinson's celebrates its 10th anniversary with 38 walks across Canada, raising $641,191.

2002 – In two years, SuperWalk doubles its revenue to $1,266,574. Parkinson SuperWalk begins online fundraising.

2004 – SuperWalk reaches new heights with 74 walks raising almost $1.7 million.

2007 – SuperWalk breaks the $2.1-million mark, with more than 12,000 walkers participating in 80 walks across Canada.

2009 – SuperWalk for Parkinson's raises more than $2.3 million with over 13,000 walkers in 87 locations across Canada.

2010 – On its 20th anniversary, SuperWalk for Parkinson's gets a new name, Parkinson SuperWalk. For the first time, the $1-million mark in online donations was passed.

2012 – Parkinson SuperWalk raises more than $3.24 million in 100 communities across the country.

2014 – Participants and donors in central and northern Ontario exceeded the $1-million mark in a single year for the first time. For the first time, more than half of SuperWalk donations were made online, totalling more than $1.5 million. Southwestern Ontario hosts 12 Parkinson SuperWalk events and has raised more than $4.6 million since its first event in 1995.

2015 – Parkinson SuperWalk marks its 25th anniversary. Vancouver's Parkinson SuperWalk marks its 20th year.    

Source: parkinson.ca    

bryan.tait@tc.tc

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