Santa Clarita MOVES for Parkinson’s Disease

by | Mar 31, 2017 | Community

 The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) invites you to the second annual Moving Day®, a fundraising walk event for Parkinson’s disease in Santa Clarita.  April is National PD Awareness Month, and in honor, the Moving Day® walk will be held at Valencia Heritage Park on April 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Money raised through Moving Day® will help improve the lives of people living with PD and families affected by the disease.
Studies show that movement is beneficial and proven to help manage the symptoms of PD, a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, by improving flexibility and mobility.  Moving Day® is a celebration of movement in all its forms, featuring an inspirational 5K walk, with a short ½K route available, and the Movement Pavilion, a tent with activities such as yoga, non-impact boxing, dance and others taught by PD specialists.
Moving Day® is a free public event with food trucks, a kids’ zone, face painting, a DJ and music, performers, and complimentary snacks.  Participants can meet Miss Santa Clarita Valley, Patrick LoSasso of Smart XPD, Shelley Bell of Heart and Soul Space Laughter Yoga, Alex and Roberta of StoPD inc., Dr. Bari of UCLA Neurosurgery, the Kaiser Permanente team, Honor in-home care, the Parkinson’s Action Network, Shooting Stars Dance, and many more to be announced!
The event is made possible, in part, through the generous support of national partners: Right at Home, Lundbeck, UCB, and AbbVie; local sponsors Medtronic, St. Jude Medical – Abbott, and Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital; and in-kind sponsors: The Magazine of Santa Clarita, Nature’s Bakery, Harmless Coconut Water, Sysco LA, LA Specialty Produce, Embassy Suites Valencia, and ORVIS.  Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.
“Moving Day® is an inspiring gathering of friends, families and allies in the fight against PD,” says Sarah Osborne, NPF’s SCV Community Development Manager.  “The support of the community enables us to continue to make meaningful changes in the lives of those with Parkinson’s.  We truly believe that ‘people who move change the world.’”
People who take part in Moving Day® become part of a nationwide movement to help every person diagnosed with PD live their best possible life now by supporting education and outreach, cutting-edge research aimed at better treatment and care for PD patients, advancement of clinical care through healthcare professional training and raising general awareness about the disease.  Moving Day® funds also stay in the local community in the form of grant awards.
Register to attend Moving Day® today at www.MovingDayNorthLA.org, or email Sarah Osborne at sosborne@parkinson.org for more information.

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