Become a Portage Super Hero Shane Neufeld August 5, 2014 Contributors, Karen Gross, People 1 Comment The Parkinson SuperWalk 2014 by She Who Walks With Poles, aka Karen Gross The Parkinson SuperWalk requires Super Heroes who can’t fly without a plane and a ride to the airport; who occasionally trip over cracks in the sidewalk; and who have the ability to dodge goose poop while walking with poles. That’s me! Sign me up! Get me some sidekicks! Will you help me? We Super Walkers need sidekicks to have our backs while we face the ferocious brain cell killing monster that relentlessly pursues us, chomping away at the dopamine producing cells in our brains. Medical research is costly. In Canada, the Parkinson SuperWalk is an annual event put on by the Parkinson Societies to raise funds for research, education and support services not only for people with Parkinson’s but their caregivers and family members as well. Yesterday’s Parkinson patients could expect to live another ten years at the most after diagnosis. Most of those years would be spent bedridden in excruciating pain. Today a diagnosis of PD will cut off an average of ten years from the normal life expectancy, depending on how active they manage to stay and how well they respond to medication and other interventions such as DBS (Deep brain stimulation) surgery. But we still don’t know what causes dopamine cells to die (besides ferocious brain cell killing monsters) and we don’t have a medical test to conclusively diagnose the disease. It has been estimated that by the time Parkinson’s is diagnosed, the patient has already lost 80% of the dopamine producing cells. Today’s PD patients may not see a cure for Parkinson’s disease. But with your help, there is hope for better treatments that could halt and maybe even reverse the damage. I hope that you will consider sponsoring my campaign, or maybe you could enter yourself. Please click on the link for more information. Thank you! Click here to support Karen and become a super hero! One Response dave August 5, 2014 What an idea. Would like to know more. We have a mom with PD and could use some of your light hearted approaches to dealing with the daily task of PD. Dave Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.