The Parkinson’s Foundation (PF) will host its 2nd annual Moving Day Charleston, A Walk for Parkinson’s, on Saturday, May 18th at James Island County Park. Moving Day Charleston is one of more than forty grassroots events taking place across the country this year. Funds raised through Moving Day will support cutting-edge research, educational resources, and community programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease and their families.
One million Americans are living with Parkinson’s, with 60,000 people newly diagnosed each year. Moving Day Charleston is an engaging and empowering event that unites the community in the fight against Parkinson’s. Since 2011, Moving Day events across the country have raised more than $17 million to improve care and advance research toward a cure.
“It means the world to see my friends and neighbors coming out to bring attention to the Parkinson’s community," Jay Phillips, event Chair and community Parkinson’s leader said. "Living each day with Parkinson’s can be challenging for patients and caregivers, but better treatments, programs and research make all the difference. This event gives us hope and reminds us we’re not alone.”
More than just a walk, Moving Day Charleston is a celebration that will raise awareness about the importance of movement by featuring stations highlighting activities like boxing, yoga, dance, Tai Chi, and more. In addition, there will be activities for children and caregivers along with representation from many of the organizations throughout the Charleston area that offer services for those with Parkinson’s.
Funds raised through Moving Day support the Parkinson’s Foundation national mission by: funding cutting-edge research to advance toward a cure; providing free resources for people living with Parkinson’s and their families, and delivering expert care to more than 120,000 people living with Parkinson’s through our forty-five Centers of Excellence (COE) including the Medical University of South Carolina.
“We are thrilled that the PD community of South Carolina now has its first internationally recognized clinical, resource, and research center at their doorstep, which will enhance access to services, resources for patients, and community activities,” Vanessa Hinson, MD, PhD, Director of Medical University South Carolina Movement Disorders Program, said. “We have been working tirelessly over the past 15 years to put all the pieces in place for this to happen and it feels good to see it come to fruition with the center designation.”
To learn more about Moving Day and how you, your family and friends, and/or your company can get involved, please visit www.movingdayCharleston.org.
About the Parkinson’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. For more information, visit www.parkinson.org or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).
About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.