About Us

About Parkinson SuperWalk

For more than 50 years, Parkinson Society BC (PSBC) has advocated for better care in the Parkinson's community, including increased access to medications and treatment, greater support for caregivers, and specialized education for allied healthcare professionals.

As the largest annual fundraising event for PSBC, SuperWalk provides a platform for increased awareness of the needs of those affected by the disease. Funds raised through this event enable the Society to continue its mission to empower the Parkinson's community by providing resources and services to enable self-management, self-reliance, and self-advocacy.

About Parkinson Society BC

Established in 1969, Parkinson Society British Columbia, governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, is supported entirely by donations from individuals, members, corporations, foundations and the dedicated efforts of volunteers.

Every person touched by Parkinson's deserves to know that they are not alone in their journey. We are here for you. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is committed to offering support, sharing reliable information, and raising funds for programs and research.

We are part of a strong community united in our dedication to improve the lives of those affected by Parkinson's.

For more information about Parkinson Society British Columbia, please visit www.parkinson.bc.ca.

What is Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson's disease is the second most common degenerative neurological disorder after Alzheimer's. Currently, it is estimated that approximately 100,000 Canadians, including 17,500 British Columbians, are living with the disease.

Parkinson's is caused by a loss of dopamine in the area of the brain called the substantia nigra. The cells that produce dopamine begin to die, reducing the amount of dopamine.

While there are many theories about why the cells die, the exact reasons are unknown at this time. The symptoms of Parkinson's appear when over half of the dopamine cells are lost. The progression of the disease and accompanying symptoms vary with each individual. There is currently no cure.

For more information about Parkinson's disease, please visit www.parkinson.bc.ca.

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