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Fort St. John residents are encouraged to loosen their purse strings and tighten their shoe strings this weekend.

For the first time ever, the community in invited to take part in the 2009 SuperWalk for Parkinson’s.

The event is the largest fundraiser for Parkinson disease research and support. Diane Robinson is the CEO for the Parkinson Society of British Columbia. She says the fundraiser has been expanded into the north to increase awareness of the disease. She says in this area, resources for the disease are hard to come by.

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But, she says, Fort St. John does have a support group for people coping with Parkinson’s. The branch is one of 44 in the province. Each support group shares information with each other.

Researchers have yet to develop a cure for Parkinson’s disease. The disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impairs the person’s motor skills, speech, and other functions. Robinson says researchers still have to find out what exactly causes the disease.

That’s where the money comes into play.

All money raised from the SuperWalk stays in British Columbia.

It will fund research initiatives in Canada, in hopes to find the cause and the cure.

Robinson says she hopes the local community can raise $5,000. She says it’s a great excuse to spend time outdoors, all while raising money for a good cause.

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Now, there’s still time to sign up for the SuperWalk. Visit or call 1-800-565-3000.

The event is set for Sunday, September 20th. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., at the Fort St. John Northern Lights College. The walk officially starts at 1:00 p.m., and there will be prizes awarded afterwards.

For more information on joining the Fort St. John support group, call toll-free 1-800-668-3330. People with Parkinson’s, their families, and caregivers can join these free support groups.

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