White Rock resident brings SuperWalk back to town, raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease – Peace Arch News

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White Rock’s Parkinson’s SuperWalk will return next month, with the group’s creator reminding the city how crucial it is to raise awareness of the disease and funds to help fight it.

Liz Holroyd started White Rock Walk after going through “a really scary time” since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010.

With her husband Scott, Holroyd began participating in various walks in Langley, but they wanted to create one in their own community to get the city involved in the campaign.

The entire in-person Superwalk had to be put on hold due to social distancing measures during the pandemic. After going virtual last year, the large-scale event returns this September for the first time since 2019.

Holroyd is excited to bring back the walk, hoping to also inspire others to think of Parkinson Society BC when they consider donating.

“When you don’t meet in person, you don’t have the same connection. We still had significant contributions, but it went down,” she said.

Parkinson Society BC supports people with the disease to access resources, learn how it will change their lives, teach families how to better support their loved ones with Parkinson’s, and more.

Parkinson’s disease is the fastest growing neurological disorder, with cases steadily increasing each year.

Funds raised through the campaign will help the Society continue to offer these services and support research to one day find a cure.

Although symptoms of the disease usually begin when someone is in their 60s, it is possible for it to manifest early, causing young-onset Parkinson’s disease.

“When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010, the first place I went was the Parkinson’s Society to fully understand what was in store for me now,” Holroyd said.

“It’s really complicated when you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness and at first you don’t know, ‘Wow, what is this going to mean for me?’ You know, I was working.

After visiting the organization, Holroyd was able to meet other people with the same illness as her, finding a community among them.

“It’s nice because we all get it, the things we feel,” he said.

One of the few forms of treatment for people living with Parkinson’s is drug therapy involving the drug Levodopa, which is converted to dopamine in the brain. This combats the loss of dopamine associated with Parkinson’s disease.

For some, levodopa works wonders, but for others, the side effects may be too strong for them to see benefits, Holroyd said.

“I had a really bad tremor on the right side and when I took the levodopa…it took me a while to follow it because it’s a bit stressful to follow it…When I took it, within 48 hours, it completely calmed down.” she masked my trembling.

Holroyd experiences some side effects from the treatment, but they are manageable, he said. Her biggest Parkinson’s symptom is fatigue, saying she “can fall asleep in the middle of a conversation.”

For this year’s SuperWalk, Holroyd seeks to bring attention and appreciation to caregivers of people living with Parkinson’s disease. Based on her own experience, Ella Holroyd said she couldn’t have gotten through the doctor’s appointments, the treatment, and everything else without her husband, Scott, accompanying her every step of the way.

The White Rock Parkinson SuperWalk is scheduled for September 11, with registration at 9 a.m. and the walk starting at 10 a.m. City of White Rock Coun. Dave Chesney will be the master of ceremonies for the event. To view the walk route or make a donation, visit parkinson.bc.ca/superwalk and contact Liz Holroyd with any local inquiries at 604-317-9599.

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