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Saturday, October 11th marked Boston’s First Annual “Moving Day”, in association with The National Parkinson Foundation.

This fundraising event is designed to create greater awareness – not just of the importance of movement, but of Parkinson’s itself, a complex and chronic movement disorder. As many as 1 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease with 50,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

Prior to the event, Emily Tamilio, spokesperson for  Boston’s “Moving Day,” said:

“Today’s efforts will help support those people suffering from Parkinson’s and their families, and help to support the centers of excellence at Mass General Hospital, and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center”

The National Parkinson Foundation’s “Moving Day” is a unique fundraising and awareness-raising event held by local communities across the United States.

It is not your traditional fundraising walk. It has a 1k for children and a 5k for adults; however, everyone can walk the distance and amount they choose based on their own goals.

Prior to the walk, those participating have the option to spend their time at sponsor tents or actively participating in heath demonstrations.

The health demonstrations and well-being activities are some that are found to help manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s; such as, yoga, dance and Tai Chi.

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Randy Price, pictured right, and Blades, second from the right.

There were also opportunities for family fun including raffles and a kid zone.

“This fundraising event is designed to create greater awareness – not just of the importance of movement, but of Parkinson’s itself, a complex and chronic movement disorder.” said Patrick Nelson, the event’s coordinator. “As a first-year event, Boston set the ambitious fundraising goal of $100,000 and due to the overwhelming moment that the movement gained during the summer and early fall, we were able to raise over $150,000.”

Nelson said that the majority of funds will stay local and go to the Movement Disorders Centers of Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

“The momentum that Moving Day Boston has gained in our first year has been remarkable,” he said. “We’ve laid a firm foundation for a new and dynamic community for people facing Parkinson’s disease to be a part. Our Boston Committee is a dedicated, talented and forward-thinking group of people, and the energy that we’ve shared with this movement has been contagious. With the help of our exceedingly generous and invested partners, the sky is the limit for the National Parkinson Foundation in Boston.”

With such a successful outcome for what was only the first time, only a bright future could be in store for this incredible event. Although it rained, participants brought their own sunshine and moved for success with special appearances from Randy Price of Channel 5 News and Blades, the mascot of the Boston Bruins. Organizers say “Moving Day” will become an annual event.

For more information, check out www.movingdayboston.org and find out more.

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