Why We Walk for Parkinson's Research
The Torrington Area Parkinson's Support Group is a 501c3 charity. We are people with Parkinson's disease, family, care partners and concerned community members. We meet monthly on Saturday mornings at Torrington's Sullivan Senior Center. All affected by Parkinson's disease are welcome to join our group and attend meetings. To learn more about TAPSG, visit tapsg.org.
The Walk in the Woods for Parkinson's supports Parkinson's research, increases awareness of PD and provides 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 educate the public about PD and help those affected by it. Our membership numbers over 200.
Through our first eleven walks, we have donated more than $120,000 to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Additionally, we have funded exercise programs for area citizens with PD. We are manned totally by volunteers and hope to expand our support of TAPSG members and their families affected by Parkinson's disease.
Join us this year for our 11th Annual Walk in the Woods for Parkinson's.
Working together we will... 'Ease the burden; find a cure.'
You can view photos of past walks on this page.
SAVE THE DATE... RAIN OR SHINE
HELP US SPREAD THE WORD. CONTACT FRIENDS, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS AND CO-WORKERS. POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Help to make this the biggest participation year ever.
'Walk in the Woods for Parkinson's 2022'
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2023
White Memorial Conservation Center
80 White Hall Road
Litchfield, CT 06759
Registration begins at noon.
Optional: Picnic with the family before or after the walk.
FREE T-SHIRT if registration is RECEIVED BY AUGUST 30, 2022
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 A greater understanding of Parkinson's and with a commitment to help fund research for a cure.
SCHEDULE OF THE DAY
Sunday, September 17, 2023 (rain or shine)
Education Pathway to Parkinson's Awareness
12:00 Register. (Pre-registered by August 30? Pick up your free t-shirt.)
Field activities begin.
FIRST AID available.
Health Checks with University of Saint Joseph Physician's Assistants students
Litchfield Volunteer Fire Department Fire Engine
Snacks and Water
Pathway to PD Awareness
Game Corner for Kids
Entertainment by Brian Mattiello
1:00 Walk begins along marked trails: Gentle .5 mi, Moderate 1 mi, and More Challenging 2 mi.
2:00 Celebration Ceremony - prizes, announcements, thank yous
3:00 Family picnics/cleanup
Please pitch in as we close for the day. Help us leave White Memorial as pristine as we found it.
Where is the Walk in the Woods going to be held?
White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT.
Pass the white museum, go down the hill and left around the curve. Park across from the activity field. Follow the signs.
Parking is allowed in ONE field only. Please follow the parking coordinator's directions. DO NOT PARK near the pond.
Special Thanks to our 'Walk in the Woods' Sponsors
2022 PLATINUM SPONSORS ($1000+)
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Sullivan Senior Center
2023 GOLD SPONSORS ($500+)
2023 SILVER SPONSORS ($250+)
2023 BRONZE SPONSORS ($100+)