Yes, it's that time of year again when I ask friends to help us raise money for Parkinsons Caada, but this year, there is a twist - it looks unlikely that the traditional mass walk (with a few runners) will fit in with Social Distancing requirements. One thing that those of us with Parkinsons are good at is accepting, coping with and working around change. So nothing daunted we are going to do a 5 kilometer run along the beach, some time in September. The exact date is yet to be decided. As usual, I'm going to try and (slowly) run the whole 5K, avoiding being overtaken by any walkers.
I think this might be the last year that I can run 5K - I'll have to start walking instead in the future. But hey, let's give it a try this year, and see how we do. And there is a lot to run for. There are a lot of very interesting experiments taking place around the world, including continuing re-purposing existing drugs that have already been approved for a variety of illnesses, and using stem cells to replace the dopamine transmitting cells that already have been lost. I'll also continue to do what I can by participating in research and trials, and of course I'll keep exercising every day, to try and reduce the impact of the symptoms of the disease.
Luke has agreed to be part of my team again, and a couple of other friends have signed up as team members.. Please consider joining our "Outrunning Parkinsons" team, and / or sponsoring us.
Thanks for supporting us again, I know that this year there are many worthwhile calls for your charitable donations.
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