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A local Moving Day event, part of the National Parkinson Foundation's campaign to raise awareness and funds through annual fundraising walks, will take place locally at Monroe Community College on Sept. 15. The event here is sponsored by NPF Greater Rochester.
The goal is to raise $55,000. Participants may choose a 1-, 2- or 3-mile walk the day of the event.
Katie Couric, whose father died from complications due to Parkinson’s disease, is honorary national chairwoman of Moving Day.
“We are delighted that Katie Couric continues to serve as the Honorary National Chair of Moving Day to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease, and to highlight NPF’s focus on improving the quality of Parkinson’s care for every person diagnosed with this disease,” said Joyce Oberdorf, NPF president and CEO. “With her help, we are better able to reach people of all ages and abilities about the role that movement and exercise play in managing symptoms and in keeping people with Parkinson’s healthy.”
Couric said the disease is a "challenging and often debilitating disease that robs too many people of their ability to lead a full life." She added that her father battled the disease, allowing her to see how the care he received minimized the effects of the condition.
“Every individual coping with this disease should have the same quality care my dad did, and that's why the work of the NPF is so critically important," she said. "Its three-pronged mission of research, education and outreach will help countless people suffering from Parkinson's today and will develop better treatments for the scores who will be diagnosed in the future."
More information on the event, which runs 8:30 a.m. to noon, is available at http://www.movingdayrochester.org/.
An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Katie Couric is coming to Rochester for the local Moving Day event.
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