Put an End to Parkinson's Disease

Participate in the American Parkinson Disease Association 2015 Optimism Walk to Raise Funds and Awareness for Broward, Boca Raton & West Palm Beach area residents

(Delray Beach, Florida, March 26, 2015) -- Every nine minutes another individual in this country hears the words "you have Parkinson's disease". For more than fifty years the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) has been working to Ease the Burden - Find the Cure for Parkinson's disease. On April 12th the South Florida Chapter of APDA will host its 10th annual Del Ray Beach Optimism Walk at Lake Ida Park, 1455 Lake Ida Road, Delray Beach, Florida 33444.

Last year's event raised nearly $10,000 to fund scientific research and provide support and education for Floridians diagnosed with the progressive, degenerative neurological disease that currently has no cure. This fun filled event is a terrific way for both people with Parkinson's, their families, friends and the general community to get out for a day of enjoyment and exercise, while spreading awareness. The event will begin at 9:45AM, and everyone is welcome to participate either as a walker, sponsor, donor or at a cheering station.

The funds raised during this year's Optimism Walk will benefit the South Florida APDA Chapter. "Every year there are 60,000 new Parkinson's diagnosis in this country. The time is now to do all we can to put an end to this devastating disease," says, Denise Jordan, Executive Director of the South Florida APDA Chapter. "There are more than 7,000 people in the state of Florida alone who are impacted by this challenging disease.

Founded in 1998, the South Florida APDA Chapter currently provides support to Parkinson patients and caregivers in the Broward, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach County areas and is the only Parkinson's organization in the state that raises funds for both patient care and research. The chapter is part of the larger national network of the American Parkinson Disease Association, a not-for-profit, voluntary health agency committed to serving the Parkinson's community through a comprehensive program of research, patient education and support. APDA was founded in 1961 and is the nation's largest grassroots Parkinson's organization supporting individuals and families touched by this disease.

The Optimism Walks campaign is a great way for both Parkinson's patients and the general community to get out for a day of fun, and exercise, while spreading awareness. It's important to remember that we are closer to finding a cure for Parkinson's and every effort counts in this battle.

To register as an individual, join a team, create a team, donate to the cause or simply learn more, visit www.apdaparkinson.donordrive.com/event/2015FLWalk , call the South Florida Chapter at (800-825-2732 #), or email at apdasflorida@netzero.net.

Registration is $25 and includes snacks, beverages, and a t-shirt. Free parking is available for all participants at Lake Ida Park located 1455 Lake Ida Road, Delray Beach, Florida 33444. Prizes will be available.

CONTACT: Denise Jordan |South Florida Chapter APDA| 800-825-2732 | apdasflorida@netzero.net

Charlene Allo | 1-800-223-APDA ext. 121 | callo@apdaparkinson.org

About the American Parkinson Disease Association

APDA was founded in 1961 with the dual purpose to Ease the Burden - Find the Cure for Parkinson's disease. In that time, APDA has raised and invested more than $86 million to fund research, patient services and education, and elevate public awareness. As the country's largest Parkinson's grassroots organization, APDA is here to serve the more than one million Americans with Parkinson's disease and their families through a nationwide network of Chapters, Information and Referral (I&R) Centers, and support groups. APDA also funds Centers for Advanced Research and awards grants to fund the most promising research toward discovering the cause(s) and finding the cure for Parkinson's disease.