Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma Hosts a Free Rally Walk and 5K
Donations are Encouraged to Benefit the Oklahoma Nonprofit
(April 3, 2019) The Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma is hosting the 9th annual Parkinson’s Rally Walk and 5K at Wheeler Park on the Oklahoma River. The event will take place on Sunday, May 5th with registration beginning at 1:00 p.m. and the sanctioned 5K and 1-mile walk beginning at 2:00 p.m.
The event is free to participants, but a donation is encouraged to help raise money to support programming for Parkinson’s patients in Oklahoma. Every dollar raised stays in the state to help those affected.
The Thunder Girls will be on hand to help start the race and will be available for photo opportunities. With games and face painting for children, music, food and prize giveaways, the Parkinson’s Rally Walk and 5K provides something for everyone.
“The Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma (PFO) works to inspire hope and transform life for Parkinson’s patients and families in Oklahoma. Primarily, the PFO accomplishes this purpose through support, education, and effective therapy and exercise,” says Bruce McIntyre, Executive Director of the Foundation.
Currently, the PFO coordinates 30 support groups and reaches over 1600 people each year through educational events across Oklahoma. The PFO also provides, subsidizes, or promotes 31 Parkinson-specific exercise and therapy groups as well as 16 LOUD Crowds® to help Parkinson’s patients with speech and swallowing issues. In addition, the PFO has partnered with OU, OSU, UCO and the Michael J. Fox Foundation to further research.
Parkinson’s disease is thought to affect over 1,000,000 people in the United States and up to 15,000 in Oklahoma. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition and after Alzheimer’s is the second most common neurological disease in the United States.
To sign up to run or walk to support Parkinson’s patients, go to www.parkinsonoklahoma.com or call 405-810-0695. To learn more about
sponsorship or starting a team, contact Shelly Stierlen at 405-810-0695.