Two thousand individuals are currently diagnosed with Parkinson’s on the Sunshine Coast and they need your help.
More than 400 walkers are raising crucial funds on Sunday 23 July from 9am to 12pm at the University Sunshine Coast Sports Track in support of the driving force of Parkinson’s Queensland.
They would be delighted to have you take part in a very special Sunshine Coast Parkinson’s event and help make a difference in the lives of those with Parkinson’s.
Director of Parkinson’s Alive and event host Barbara Cullinan said, “Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that significantly affects one’s ability to control all body movement.”
“It is associated with depletion of a neurotransmitter called dopamine, which is not only important for smooth, coordinated movement, it also plays a role in cognition, behaviour, reward, and motivation, so if you live with Parkinson’s Disease, every aspect of your life is affected.
“The good news, through neuroplasticity, exercise can help patient’s remap movement pathways in the brain, learning compensatory strategies to live well. This will greatly improve their quality of life and slow down the progression of this disease.”
Parkinson’s is such a challenging and debilitating disease with no cure yet.
There are an additional 350 diagnoses annually on the Sunshine Coast with 20 per cent under the age of 60, (early onset).
Australia wide there are 130,000 diagnoses, making Parkinson’s Disease the second most common neurological disease in Australia, and considered the fasted growing brain disease in the world today.
Help raise awareness and support those affected by Parkinson’s on the Sunshine Coast including support workers, friends, families, and the greater community.
To donate visit step-out-for-parkinsons-2023.raisely.com