Super walkers in Comox Valley raise money for Parkinson Society B.C.

The Courtenay Airpark was bustling with walkers Saturday morning at the annual Parkinson SuperWalk.

Since 1990, the province-wide event has been the largest fundraiser for Parkinson Society British Columbia. Wayne and Elaine Benning, along with the Comox Valley Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, brought the event to the Comox Valley.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder with no known cure. With over 100,000 people diagnosed across Canada, Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. The worldwide incidence of Parkinson’s disease is expected to double by 2040. Treatment is focused on symptom management, most often through exercise and medication.

The CV Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month — except December, July and August — at 1 p.m. at Stevenson Place, 1683 Balmoral Ave. in Comox. The group operates on an informal, drop-in basis.

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