BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Moving Day Baton Rouge, hosted by the Parkinson Foundation, is an initiative to bring awareness to a disease affecting one million living Americans.
“Living each day with Parkinson’s can be challenging, but better treatments, programs and research make all the difference. This event always gives me hope and reminds me I’m not alone,” said Benjamin Bement, local Parkinson’s patient and Volunteer Walk Chair.
The annual walk encourages movement and exercise and is one of more than sixty grassroots events taking place across the country. Funds raised through Moving Day support research and community programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease and their families in Louisiana.
“A lot of things got postponed this past year, but Parkinson’s Disease has not been postponed, our Parkinson’s community still needs a voice, awareness and support” said Stacey Faber with the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Moving Day events across the country have raised nearly $40 million dollars to improve care and advance research toward a cure. Funds raised support the Parkinson’s Foundation mission by delivering quality care to more than 193,500 people living with Parkinson’s; funding cutting-edge research to advance toward a cure; providing free resources and local services for people living with Parkinson’s and their families.
The funds raised also support community grants in Louisiana which is currently an “underserved area”, meaning there are a vast and growing number of Parkinson’s diagnoses in the state and currently not enough programs to assist patients, according to Parkinson’s Foundation.
The event will be held at BREC Fairgrounds and begins at 9 a.m. on May 15. Organizers set a goal to raise $35,000 for Parkinson’s research. At the time of publication, they were 82% to goal. To make a donation online, visit here.
“We realize this year will look different than others but we have taken steps to make this socially distanced event safe and something for the community to look forward to,” said Faber.
More about Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness and difficulty with walking, balance and coordination. Parkinson’s symptoms usually begin gradually and get worse over time. As the disease progresses, people may have difficulty walking and talking. To learn more about Parkinson’s, visit the National Institute on Aging.