Parkinson SuperWalk: raises funds and awareness in Fort St. James

On Sept. 17, Community members in Fort St. James, young and old got their t-shirts on and off they went on a run/walk.

  • Wed Sep 21st, 2016 8:00am
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(From left to right) Adalyn Martin and Darci Martin take part in the Parkinson SuperWalk on Sept. 17.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

On Sept. 17, Community members in Fort St. James, young and old got their t-shirts on and off they went on a run/walk in support of Parkinson’s disease.

The Parkinson SuperWalk continues to be the most important national awareness and fundraising event for the Parkinson Society of British Columbia.

Over 20 communities across B.C. walked as they raised money for research and support services.

Proceeds will invest in providing essential programs and services to the 13,300 individuals and their families who live with Parkinson’s in B.C.

In Fort St. James, Sara Sam was happy to organize the event for a second year in a row.

“We are a small community but we have 11 people in Fort St. James suffering with Parkinson’s,” Sam said.

“That’s why I felt I had to do my part.”

Sam’s husband, Wayne Sam suffers with the disease and was happy to take part in support of raising more awareness.

“We are hoping to start a support group for those with Parkinson’s here in Fort St. James,” Wayne Sam said.

“And that’s why I’m here,” SuperWalk participant Bryan Muloin, also from Fort St. James said.

“I was informed about a support group and I hope that happens,” Muloin said.

Before everyone hit the start, Sara Sam thanked everyone for their support.

“Thank you. All money raised will help support research for those with Parkinson’s.”

“We are above where we were last year. It’s been a good turnout,” Sam said.

For more information about Parkinson’s disease visit: www.parkinson.bc.ca/