My name is Tanya and I was 42 years old when I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease in 2015. It might seem like I am too young to have Parkinson’s, but I am not. Approximately 10 to 20% of all cases are under the age of 50 years and you may think this is your Grampa’s disease but Parkinson’s Disease does not discriminate.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson's Disease is a neurodegenerative condition that causes the brain to stop producing dopamine. This leads to loss of motor control, decline in cognitive function and even loss of involuntary motor control like the ability to regulate blood pressure or body temperature. Nothing stops the progression and there is no known cure.
What is the SuperWalk?
The Parkinson SuperWalk is the most important fundraiser for Parkinson Society British Columbia. With over 13,000 British Columbians living with Parkinson’s disease, this event provides the Society with the resources to offer critical programs, services, advocacy efforts and research contributions. They believe in providing tools to empower those with Parkinson’s, so that they may make educated decisions about symptom management and self-care.
This September, I’m organizing & participating in the Parkinson SuperWalk. I would love it if you would consider supporting Team Propacific DKI in our efforts to improve the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s disease by making a donation to my campaign or signing up and joining me on walk day. The Nanaimo walk is on September 8th at Maffeo Sutton Park. Registration starts at 10:00 and we walk at 11:00.
As I’ve personally experienced the effects Parkinson’s can have on those diagnosed, as well as family and friends, the cause is close to my heart.
Thank you for your support!!