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Parkinsons walk returns to Lloydminster

A provincial fundraiser is returning to Lloydminster to raise money for Parkinson’s. The 7th annual Flexxaire Step ‘n Stride will take place in nine communities across Alberta.

The event is being held on September 7th  by the Parkinsons Association of Alberta and will take place at Bud Miller Park. Fund Development manager Dacey Cooper-Varga says they look to see 100 participants in the Border City and a total of 1,500 across the province. She says all the funds raised in the City will stay in Lloydminster and surrounding areas.

“The walk is raising awareness for Parkinson’s disease across Alberta. We are a standalone organization so with that being said all the funds in Alberta stay in Alberta.”

The funds raised will go towards the organizations four core services which include one on one support, professional councilling, education and research. Flexxaire is required to give 10 per cent of their annual revenue towards Parkinson’s research.

Parkinson’s disease is a long term disorder of the Central Nervous system that affects peoples motor functions. Cooper-Varga says there are a lot of symptoms people don’t realize for those suffering from Parkinson’s.

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“Everyday task like putting on your jacket, or brushing your teeth, or those everyday things we do, just become s harder. Sometimes it depends on how they’re feeling that day, sometimes the weather can impact how well the cognition works.”

Last year, the event surpassed its goal of $415,000 in Alberta and is looking to raise $440,000 this year. For Lloydminster, Flexxaire is looking to raise $26,000. Residents looking to register for the walk or donate can head to the Parkinsons Association of Alberta Website.

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