OPTIMISM is the focus of this year's annual American Parkinson
Disease Association East Texas OPTIMISM Walk 2013 scheduled May 4th
at the Rose Rudman Recreational Trail in Tyler.
The East Texas Parkinson's walk is an annual effort to
raise money for education, research and support services for those
affected by Parkinson's disease. The event is sponsored by the APDA
East Texas Chapter, ETMC and TEVA Neuroscience.
"Individuals living with Parkinson's or those whose friends or
loved ones have been diagnosed and all individuals who want to
support a good cause are invited to join in by registering for or
donating to our event," said Kelly Boutin, walk chairperson and
Tyler-area APDA Information and Referral Center coordinator. "When
everyone works together, great things can be accomplished to ease
the burden and find the cure for Parkinson's disease."
The Tyler walk is open to all East Texas residents, and it
starts at 11:30 a.m. on May 4th in the Robert E. Lee parking lot
near the track. Check-in starts at 10 a.m. All activities will
conclude at 2 p.m.
Approximately 1.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with
Parkinson's disease. Approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed
each year, and many more may have Parkinson's without realizing it
It predominantly affects older adults, but healthcare providers
also see early onset cases, which are estimated at between five and
10 percent of the total Parkinson's population.
For more information, or to support or participate in the
Optimism Walk for Parkinson's, visit our chapter website at www.etapda.org or contact: Kelly
Boutin at 903-596-3618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.