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Community Comes Together For Parkinson’s Walk, Hundreds Attend

Tim Carroll ’13

After working countless hours, participants of the I Gave My Sole For Parkinson’s Walk say the event was a great success.

The walk supports the Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation in their education and support of patients, families and their health care providers and their efforts to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease. The disease, more commonly known as Parkinson’s, is a degenerative disease that attacks the central nervous system. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s and that is what this event aims to fix.

“My favorite part of the Parkinson’s walk is seeing all the people that come out to support this cause,” said School Board President Allan Innes. “From students, staff and board members to community members and our city councilpersons, we all gather as one to have a good time while doing our civic duty to help others.” Innes added that showing support for one another is the basis for a strong community.

The fundraiser, held last Saturday, was a success according to many participants and senior Diana Olechiw.

“It was so much fun and for a good cause too,” said Olechiw. “I went with my Busia [Grandma] to support her.” Olechiw spoke for her Grandma and said that they both enjoyed the walk and the fact they supported a cause that Olechiw’s grandma has  been dealing with for many years. “My grandma has dealt with Parkinson’s for seven years and we just want to raise money to help her and everyone else who suffers from the disease.”

The walk is not just important to those who suffer from Parkinson’s, it’s also for anyone who wants to help people and raise awareness.

“As a nurse, it is always important to be a lifelong learner in many ways,” said Board Vice President Ellen Dunn. “The walk is important not only in support of a former board member, but in support of the South Lake Community and it’s activities.”

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