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15th Parkinson's Unity Walk A Step in the Right Direction for Parkinson's Community
Date:5/7/2009

Largest grassroots fundraiser in the U.S. once again a resounding success

NEW YORK, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Amid unusually warm and sunny weather, family, friends and supporters, joined the more than 10,000 people once again in New York's Central Park on Saturday, April 25th to celebrate the 15th Parkinson's Unity Walk and show their community spirit while raising funds for Parkinson's disease research.

This year marked an incredible year for the event, the largest grassroots fundraiser in the U.S. for Parkinson's. "Even during a difficult economic period, that didn't keep the crowds from dedicating their time and energy to this amazing event. This year the Parkinson's community truly stepped it up to make the 15th anniversary one to remember," said Carol Walton, Executive Director, Parkinson's Unity Walk.

Contributing to the growing awareness of the Unity Walk is the passion, spirit and dedication of the Parkinson's community. In addition to the thousands of people who walked in Central Park, for the first-time ever, those unable to attend the event in-person were able to "virtually" walk alongside their community members. The Unity Walk teamed up with Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the proud partner and premier sponsor for the ninth year, to create the first ever Virtual Parkinson's Unity Walk. By signing up at www.unitywalk.org/virtual, and encouraging family and friends, anyone can still become involved in this important event and help to highlight and increase understanding and awareness for needed attention and support for Parkinson's. The website includes an interactive map of the United States that highlights the locations of "virtual walkers," demonstrating the community's commitment and involvement.

The 15th Parkinson's Unity Walk was truly a community education day, with opportunities for those in att
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