Press Release April 2013

Fourth Annual Hike the Park for Parkinson’s to Raise Money for Parkinson’s Disease Research.

Springfield VA April 5,2013 – Promises for Parkinson’s, a 501(c)3 organization founded by Maryland native, Stacey Mann, is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Hike the Park for Parkinson’s. The hike has raised over $35,000 over the last three years for important research being conducted at Maryland’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center, located at the University of Maryland and a leader in Parkinson’s Disease research.

The hike is slated for Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 8-12 pm, at Oregon Ridge Park in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Hike the Park for Parkinson's and is part of a rising grassroots effort occurring throughout the United States to engage people through their local communities to become active in the fight against the disease. The fundraising goal of the hike is set at $30,000. All funds raised will support Maryland’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center and Promises for Parkinson’s Care Program.

Parkinson's disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease in the United States, afflicting 1 out of every 100 people over the age of 60. Although no two people are affected in the same way, symptoms include involuntary shaking, extreme muscle rigidity, dysfunction and slowness in limb movement and extremely impaired balance. With proper treatment, the symptoms can be controlled, though medication can eventually lose effectiveness, leaving the afflicted person unable to move, speak or swallow.

“Almost eight years ago, my father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and I was inspired by his strength and courage to get involved. While science works on a cure, we want to help improve the daily lives of Parkinson’s patients.“ says Mrs. Mann.

Promises for Parkinson’s aims to create fundraising opportunities such as Hike the Park to help support the cause. Promises for Parkinson’s is a completely volunteer based organization and is therefore able to donate 90% of every dollar raised directly to Parkinson’s research.

“We’re hoping to recruit hike participants of all ages and lifestyles, who will aim to raise awareness of Parkinson’s Disease. Additionally, we are seeking support from the business community in the form of contributions, company-organized teams, and a variety of sponsorship opportunities.”

To register for Hike the Park for Parkinson's, please click here. For more information or to speak to a Promises for Parkinson's representative, call 1.800.269.0624