The 2016 Parkinson SuperWalk marked 10 years of friendship and support within the Parkinson community in Pictou County.
This year’s walk raised $16,000 and saw 85 people take part. While participation is down slightly from last year, it’s far beyond where the event started from.
Ten years ago, Pictou County didn’t have its own SuperWalk. Instead, people from Pictou County – about 20 of them – made their way to Truro to take part in the walk going on there. The following year, a SuperWalk was held at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton. Rain forced the walk indoors one year, seeing a brief relocation to the William M. Sobey Indoor Soccer Complex in Stellarton and triggering a move to Northumberland Regional High School.
The move proved to be beneficial for many reasons – it could serve as both an indoor or outdoor venue, the grounds around the school are fairly flat and it helped get younger people involved.
The change in venue is just one of the many changes organizers have seen.
“What’s happened is we’re getting families,” said co-organizer Margaret Milne. “Like today, there were groups of people walking as a family for their person or in their memory.”
Younger people are being diagnosed with the disease.
“Parkisons at one point was an older person’s disease,” said Milne, “but there’s more people with Parkinson’s disease that are young, middle aged.”
This year’s SuperWalk saw some returning faces but also saw some new people take part. Milne said that some of the new faces were folks who stopped by the registration sign up at the New Glasgow Farmers Market a few weeks ago.
Students from NRHS as well as Pictou Academy took part in the SuperWalk while employees from Lawtons held a fundraiser in advance of the event.
The 2016 Parkinson’s SuperWalk took place at Northumberland Regional High School on Saturday and raised $16,000. Five laps around the facility works out to approximately one mile and participants were welcome to do as many or as few laps as they wished. (Cameron photo)