Why We Walk for Parkinson's Research

The Walk in the Woods for Parkinson's raises funds to support Parkinson's research, to increase awareness of PD, and to provide support for local people who struggle daily with Parkinson's disease.

PD affects 6.3 million people around the world. 1 in 100 people over the age of 60 will be affected by Parkinson's disease. We hope to educate the public about PD and help those affected by it.

Through our first six walks, we have raised approximately $70,000 to support the MJFox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, with additional funds to help area citizens with PD. We hope to increase our contributions for research and expand our support of TAPSG members and families affected by Parkinson's disease. Join us for our 7th Annual Walk in the Woods for Parkinson's.

Who is hosting the walk?

We are the Torrington Area Parkinson's Support Group. We are people with Parkinson's disease, family and care partners. We meet at Torrington's Sullivan Senior Center on the fourth Saturday of most months. (See the Senior Center newsletter for monthly meeting postings.) All affected by Parksinson's disease are welcome to join our group and attend meetings. To learn more about TAPSG, visit www.torringtonparkinsonssupportgroup.com/

Working together we will... 'Ease the burden; find a cure.'


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SEVENTH ANNUAL
'Walk in the Woods for Parkinson's 2018'

AUGUST 26, 2018
White Memorial Conservation Center
80 Whitehall Road
Litchfield, CT 06759
Registration begins at noon.
Bring a picnic for the family before or after the walk.

FREE T-SHIRT IF PRE-REGISTERED BY AUGUST 10, 2018

Special Thanks to our 'Walk in the Woods' Sponsors

GOLD - $500
Torrington Savings Bank
Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Jim Pescatore, Home Improvement LLC
Medtronic
Lundbeck
Litchfield Woods
Torrington-Winsted Rotary
Vic Muschell
Advanced Monograms

SILVER - $250
James & Barbara Buss
John & Elizabeth Dillon
Brooke Joiner
Nancy Wadhams
Northwest Hills Automotive LLC
Keystone Place at Newberry Brook
Rocky Hill Vault



What is Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder. People with Parkinson's disease often exhibit loss of mobility and facial affect, tremors, stiffness and slowness caused by insufficient production of dopamine in the brain. Other non-motor symptoms also accompany the disease. Often associated with people over 60, it is not a stranger to younger adults who experience early onset of PD.

Our 'Walk in the Woods for Parkinson's' will give participants opportunities to become better informed about the disease. We hope each person will come away with greater understanding of Parkinson's disease and a strong commitment to help fund research for a cure.

What is Timeline for the Day of the Walk?

Sunday, August 26, 2018 (rain or shine)

11:30-12:00
Family Picnics
Education Pathway to Parkinson's Awareness

12:00 Register. If pre-registered, pick up t-shirt.
Field activities begin.
First aid available.

Field Activities:

  • Chuck a Duck
  • Tattoos
  • Raffle$
  • $ilent Auction
  • Bakery $ale
  • Litchfield Fire Department Fire Engine
  • Snacks and Water
  • Pathway to PD Awareness
  • Corn-Hole
  • Antique Cars, courtesy of Royals' Garage
  • Face-painting with Jamie and Katie
  • Forbes Flyers Precision Jumprope Team demonstration with Jan Harrington, Coach
  • Music by DJ Jacques

1:00 Walk begins along marked trails: Gentle .6mi, Moderate .9mi, and Challenging 2mi.

2:00 Celebration Ceremony - prizes, announcements, thanks

3:00 Family picnics/cleanup

Everyone is welcome to pitch in as we close for the day. Just ask how you can help. Please help us leave White Memorial pristine.


Where is the Walk in the Woods going to be held?
White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT.
Pass the big white museum; go down the hill and around the curve to the parking field across from the activity field.

Parking is allowed in ONE field only; please follow the parking coordinator's directions. DO NOT PARK near the pond.


Why We Walk for Parkinson's Research