Cecil and Kristen Myles donned their capes for the Parkinson Super Walk event on Saturday morning in Pitt Meadows. Organizers expected to make more than $20,000. (Neil Corbett/THE NEWS)

Major fundraiser for Parkinson’s in Pitt Meadows Saturday

Organizers aiming for $20,000 in SuperWalk

Organizers were expecting 200 participants and more than $20,000 in fundraising as the annual Parkinson SuperWalk took place in Pitt Meadows on Saturday morning.

The event was based at the Pitt Meadows Senior Centre, and those taking part collected their T-shirts and entered prize draws for goods donated by local business. Then they went out for the hour-long 4.5 km walk, or other shorter walks.

READ ALSO: Plumb family doing pushups for Parkinson’s

Coordinator Edith Elliott explained the Parkinson SuperWalk is the largest and most important provincial and national awareness and fundraising event for the Parkinson Society.

There are approximately 20 such walks across B.C., and more taking place on Saturday and Sunday across Canada.

Eliott noted all the funds stay in the province, to support 13,000 Parkinson’s patients. The goal across the province was $300,000. Last year the Pitt Meadows event raised $22,000.

“We’re hoping to be a little high this year. We’re a small group, but we’re mighty,” said Elliott.

The funds go toward programs and support services, advocacy efforts, and research.

READ ALSO: Patient says B.C. still behind in Parkinson’s brain surgery after announcement

Funds raised across the province support Parkinson Society British Columbia’s efforts to empower the Parkinson’s community, including:

• Advocating for issues important to the Parkinson’s community.

• Supporting research in partnership with the Michael Smith Foundation and Parkinson Quebec.

• Connecting patients to leading authorities on Parkinson’s through educational events and publications.

• Reminding people with Parkinson’s they are not alone by providing free, accessible front-line services.”



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Local rink wins King Cash Spiel

Ryan Rink wins World Curling Tour event in Maple Ridge

Several charges after arrest Friday in Maple Ridge

Court appearance Monday in Port Coquitlam

Maple Ridge’s Tiller’s Folly kick off international music series in Surrey

Come Dancing Around the World takes place at the Surrey Arts Centre

Rescuers battle fog, wind, rain on stormy Maple Ridge mountain

Four hikers rescued Sunday in Golden Ears park

VIDEO: Drone footage documents work to free salmon at Big Bar landslide

Video shows crews working to remove rocks and wood, and transporting salmon by helicopter

Vancouver police could be using drones to fight crime by end of year

The police department has already purchased three drones, as well as three others for training

B.C. party bus company to be monitored after 40 intoxicated teens found onboard

Police received tip teens and young adults were drinking on party buses and limousines in Surrey

Grand opening of Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery at Chilliwack cause for celebration

Ribbon-cutting with dignitaries, Molson brass and family marked the official grand opening

B.C. cabinet minister denies that Surrey mayor’s friend attended government meeting

Surrey councillor questions Vancouver businessman Bob Cheema’s involvement in official meeting

Rick Mercer calls out Conservative candidate in B.C. for fake meme

‘Not true. All fake. Please Stop,’ tweeted Rick Mercer in response

Bear killed in Kimberley after chasing girl, wreaking havoc on town

This particular brown-coloured bear has been the subject of many calls this summer; very food habituated, CO says

Powder the muskets, zombies are coming!

Fort Langley National Historic Site offers up A Survivalist’s Guide to a Zombie Apocalypse, Sept. 28

Petition to rename park after teen overdose victim to get hearing

With 3,500 signatures so far, organizer is thinking of closing down online campaign

Most Read