MIAMI — The National Parkinson Foundation is pleased to announce that U.S. Senator Cory Booker (NJ) will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 5th Annual Moving Day Miami, the foundation’s walk to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease in South Florida. The event, presented by Terranova Corporation, begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, November 13, at Museum Park, 1075 Biscayne Boulevard, in Miami.
“My mother was a caregiver to my father, who had Parkinson’s,” Senator Booker said. “That is why I am so thankful for organizations like National Parkinson Foundation that offer support, strength and hope to people living with this terrible disease, as well as their families and caregivers.”
Moving Day Miami unites families, friends and communities in the fight against PD. The walk is a celebration of movement that features a family friendly walk course and a Movement Pavilion featuring an array of activities including yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates. The aim is to encourage people to stay active and move for better health. Studies show that movement is beneficial and proven to help manage the symptoms of PD, improving flexibility and mobility.
For Joseph Mintzer, age 56, who has had PD for six years, Moving Day has become an important annual activity. " Every year is a new challenge for me, and I am so glad to be able to walk at the 2016 Moving Day Miami for my fifth straight year. I am thankful that the annual walk helps bring awareness to the community regarding the daily challenges facing everyone living with this incurable disease.”
Participants in Moving Day join the nationwide movement to help every person diagnosed with PD live their best-possible life now by supporting PD education and outreach, cutting-edge research aimed at better treatment and care for PD patients, advancement of clinical care through healthcare professional training and raising general awareness about the disease.
“Moving Day is fun, provides great exercise and is educational,” said Karen Maerovitz, 2016 Moving Day Miami Chair. “The community’s support is vital to our mission, as it helps us continue making meaningful changes in the lives of those with Parkinson’s by giving back through local community grants in South Florida.”
Since 2011, Moving Day events have attracted more than 94,000 participants, raising more than $14 million dollars. Proceeds from Moving Day will provide community grants for local services and programs focused on: addressing the unmet needs in the Parkinson’s community; expanding successful programs to new areas; and developing new programs to make life better for those living with PD.
To learn more about Moving Day Miami and how you, your family and friends, and/or your company can get involved, please visit www.movingdaymiami.org. Moving Day is made possible, in part, through the generous support of NPF’s national partners: ORIG3N; UCB; Right at Home; and Lundbeck. Additional national and local sponsorship opportunities are available.
Watch the National Parkinson Foundation’s PSA featuring Senator Cory Booker on the early warning signs of PD:
About Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and ten million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. There is no cure for PD and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.