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Every year, rain or shine, this member of Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario lines up to participate in the Walk for Parkinson’s event to raise funds for research. They believe research is essential to improving the lives of those affected with Parkinson’s disease, and their goal is to raise funds for research in the fight for more effective treatments, programs, and services.

Through their journey with Parkinson’s disease, they’ve learned that it is a highly complex disease that embodies so much more than shaking and a lack of mobility. They point out that most Parkinson’s symptoms are non-motor and there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. They wish that people could understand the finer details of Parkinson’s disease and learn that it encompasses much more than shaking. People with Parkinson’s should consult different healthcare professionals such as physical therapists, occupational therapist, speech pathologists, etc. to receive a more holistic and up-to-date treatment. With more research, ultimately people with Parkinson’s disease can benefit from more advanced treatments and assistive devices that will vastly improve their quality of life.