Support Karen Palmer for Parkinson SuperWalk
Our Parkinson Community Stands Together: No Matter What.
December 4, 2019. I’ll never forget that day. That was the day our 33-year-old daughter was definitively diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD). She’d been showing symptoms since she was 16 years of age, but because of her young age, her condition was either dismissed or misdiagnosed by several specialists, and therefore she did not receive effective treatment. Our daughter’s YOPD is due to the extremely rare occurrence of each of her Dad and I having possessed and passed on to her a mutated version of the PRKN gene. Literally, she won the gene pool lottery. The diagnosis completely turned her life and career aspirations as an architect upside down.
Our daughter has learned over the past two years to live by the day. One thing that is constant in her journey with Parkinson's is change. It is an individual condition that impacts everyone differently. My family has learned through this journey that we need to stay flexible, and understand that there are things outside of our control. This year, I’m joining everyday heroes from communities across Canada as part of Parkinson Canada SuperWalk. I’m choosing to walk for Parkinson Canada not only on September 11, but every day until then.
While we’re not sure what the Parkinson Canada SuperWalk event will look like on September 11th, one thing I am certain of is that Parkinson’s is an important cause and that families impacted by Parkinson’s still benefit from support, education, advocacy and guidance on how to navigate it, and research to one day prevent it. My walk and your donation support these important goals.
More than 25 Canadians are diagnosed with Parkinson's every day; more than one person every hour. By 2031, the number of people living with Parkinson’s in Canada will more than double. I am participating in SuperWalk to fund the increasing need for support, advocacy and research.
Your donation fuels better health outcomes for Canadians living with Parkinson's today, and it supports the Parkinson Canada Research Program which works with Canada's brightest researchers to find the next big breakthroughs in treatment. This is why I'm asking for your support today.
Help me ensure Parkinson Canada is there for Canadians living with Parkinson’s today – while funding research into better treatments and one day, a cure.
To show your support, click the DONATE NOW button on the right hand side of the page, above the progress meter and achievements.
Every dollar means new hope. Thank you!
Your gift shows support for the Parkinson Community. It shows them that no matter how things change and no matter what days may bring, there is strength in numbers. With unwavering spirits - letting no obstacle hold us back. No matter what.
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