Stepping Forward to Make a Difference in Parkinson Disease

September 2, 2015

Media Release


The ability to walk, to reach and stretch, to move forward is something that many of us take for granted.  It is all too easy to adopt that invincible feeling of "it can't happen to me; I'm too young, I'm too healthy."  No one ever plans to get hurt or sick, or be diagnosed with Parkinson disease.  Suddenly the ability to reach into a cupboard, to put on your coat, or go for a walk is something you cannot take for granted anymore.


At Parkinson Alberta the ability to not only move, but enjoy movement is something we are keen to promote, share and celebrate.  There is no truer example of this than our annual Flexxaire Parkinson Step 'n Stride.  Every September Albertans from across the province and beyond gather not only to raise funds and awareness, but to celebrate movement and forward motion in the face of Parkinson disease.


Parkinson disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer's disease, with an incidence rate that is predicted to rise by almost 50% in the next 20 years.  Few people truly understand what it means to have Parkinson disease or that it is so much more than visible tremors.  Anxiety and depression, apathy, cognitive issues and sleep disturbances all play a role in life with Parkinson disease.


We encourage Albertnas to join us in Stepping Forward to Make a Difference in Parkinson disease on September 12th and 13th at one of our nine Step 'n Stride event locations. 

⇒ Calgary   ⇒ Camrose   ⇒ Cochrane   ⇒ Edmonton   ⇒ Grande Prairie

⇒ Lethbridge   ⇒ Lloydminster   ⇒ Medicine Hat   ⇒ Red Deer      


Further details can be found on our website at


A Parkinson Alberta spokesperson and client can be available for interviews prior to the Step 'n Stride (between now and Friday, September 11, 2015) as well as onsite the day of the event.


If you are interested in presenting a story about Parkinson disease, the available support system, and the 2015 Flexxaire Parkinson Step 'n Stride, we would be happy to make the necessary arrangements for information and interviews.



 Media Contact:

Brandi La Bonte

Community Relations & Communications

Parkinson Alberta

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