Why We Walk for Parkinson's Research
We are the Torrington Area Parkinson's Support Group, 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 www.torringtonparkinsonssupportgroup.com/
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 more than 150.
Through our first ten walks, we have donated more than $100,000 to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Additionally, we have funded programs for area citizens with PD. We are manned totally by volunteers who hope to expand 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 greater understanding of Parkinson's and with a commitment to help fund research for a cure.
SCHEDULE OF THE DAY
Sunday, September 18, 2022 (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.
Chuck a Duck (Change to Face Painting)
University of Saint Joseph Physician's Assistants students' Health Checks (Add this ew line)
Litchfield Volunteer Fire Department Fire Engine (insert 'volunteer')
Snacks and Water
Pathway to PD Awareness
Corn-Hole (Change to 'Game Box')
Antique Cars, courtesy of Royals' Garage (delete line)
Entertainment by Brian Mattiello
1:00 Walk begins along marked trails: Gentle .5 mi, Moderate 1 mi, and 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 around the curve and 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
2022 GOLD SPONSORS ($500+)
Brain & Betty Jo McDonnell
Torrington Savings Bank
Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home
John & Elizabeth Dillon
Hartford Health Care
The Torrington Rotary
2022 SILVER SPONSORS ($250+)
Northwest Hills Automotive LLC
Thomas & Katheryn Wall
Bank of America CGF
2022 BRONZE SPONSORS ($100+)
John & Margaret Clyma
The Torrington Rotary
Eastside Electric, Inc.
Northwest Community Bank
Paul & Claudia Readon
Doyle's Medical Supply, LLC
Polish Falcons of America Nest 307
Torrington Mun & Teachers Credit Union
Southington Elks BPOE 1669 Inc
Torrington Pharmacy Inc. DBA Petricone's Torr Pharmacy
Karen & Delbert Martin
Northwest Corner Dental Partners LLP
Joanne R Creedon
James & Susan Wade
Pau & Patrica Nimchek
Spring Vally Building Co
John & Linda Smedick
Richard & Patricia Vautour
H & Co