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, which affects 6.3 million people around the world, and to provide support for local people who struggle daily with Parkinson's disease. 1 in 272 people will be affected by Parkinson's disease. We hope to educate the public about PD and help the people affected by it.

Through our first four walks, we raised approximately $60,000 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 to expand our support of TAPSG members and families affected by Parkinson's disease. Join us for our 5th 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 to attend meetings. To learn more about TAPSG, visit www.torringtonparkinsonssupportgroup.com/

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


You can see photos on this page.

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FIFTH ANNUAL
'Walk in the Woods for Parkinson's 2016'

SEPTEMBER 18, 2016
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 SEPT 2, 2016

Special Thanks to our 'Walk in the Woods' Sponsors

Gold - $500
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Litchfield Woods Health Care
Rocky Hill Vault Co.
Torrington Savings Bank
Advanced Monograms
Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home

Silver - $250
Northwest Hills Chevrolet, Pontiac LLC
Invisible Gold
911 Web Repair

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, September 18, 2016 (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

Field Activities:

  • Chuck a Duck
  • Tattoos
  • Raffle$
  • $ilent Auction
  • Bakery $ale
  • Walking $ticks
  • Litchfield Fire Department Truck
  • Snacks and Water
  • Pathway to PD Awareness
  • Corn-Hole Bean-Bag Game
  • Antique Cars, courtesy of Royals' Garage
  • Face-painting with Jamie and Katie
  • Forbes Flyers Precision Jumprope Team demonstration

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

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's Woods, Litchfield, CT.
We will gather in the activity field beyond the museum.
Turn into White's Woods from Route 202 near Patty's Restaurant on Rte 202 in Litchfield. Take a quick right and head slowly down the dirt road to White Memorial Conservation Center.
Pass the big white museum and go down the hill and around the curve to the parking field on the right across from the activity field.

Parking is allowed in ONE field only; please follow the parking coordinator's directions.


Why We Walk for Parkinson's Research