This summer, the Parkinson Canada SuperWalk campaign has focused on “SuperWalk: The Movement” a series of monthly exercise activities focused on keeping Canadians, particularly those with Parkinson’s, moving and culminating in a national walk day on September 12.
Hundreds of Canadians with Parkinson’s and other event supporters have taken advantage of the monthly resources to stay active while supporting the walk.
Ralph Richardson of Riverview, NB was already moving when the campaign launched. Five years ago, Ralph was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, and then Parkinson’s Disease just a few years later. Living with Parkinson’s presents daily challenges for Ralph but through it all, he has never lost his determination. Already limited in his activities, when the coronavirus crisis began Ralph’s movement was restricted to home. Even though he couldn’t get out to his usual programs, he was determined to keep on moving – something so important for those dealing with a disease that, among other things, impacts one’s ability to move.
Out of this determination, his driveway walk was born. He set his mind to doing 30 laps and on that first day, he walked his first 8.5. By day 17 he had reached his goal. But he didn’t stop walking. Now Ralph is on a mission to walk 100 days for Parkinson’s, and in doing so, he’s raising money and awareness to support Canadians living with Parkinson’s today, and to help fund research into better treatments and eventually, a cure. He’s now raised more than $25,000.
Read Ralph’s Full story in July’s e-Parkinson Post.