New York City resident Harry McMurtry will kick-off his walk from New York City to his hometown of Toronto to raise awareness and money for Parkinson’s research.
A former gifted university athlete and successful law firm partner, McMurtry was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 42.
McMurtry wanted to bring national awareness to Parkinson’s disease by taking on the intense physical and mental challenge of walking 500 miles. Together with his teammates Sue Thompson and Dr. Ross Sugar, who also have Parkinson’s, McMurty will walk up to 15 miles a day for 45 days.
View the video about their journey:
Launch event in New York City. 500 Miles for Parkinson’s will kickoff their walk on May 6th at the Glasshouses (21st Floor, 545 West 25th Street, New York, NY) from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased here. McMurtry and Team will then commence their walk on May 7th and are scheduled to arrive in Canada on or about June 4th and continue their journey to Toronto.
“This walk is intended to bridge two great cities and two great countries in an effort to fight – and bring awareness to – a common foe, namely, Parkinson’s disease,” said McMurtry. “By taking on the defining characteristics of this disease, the effect on a patient’s physical motor skills and agility, we are hoping to create a story that raises money and awareness throughout the U.S. and Canada. I’m not asking people to walk a mile in my shoes – I’ll do the walking. I am however asking for people to support this walk, so together, step by step we can change the lives of people living with Parkinson’s.”
Celebrity Participation. Legendary hockey player Wayne Gretzky serves as 500 Miles for Parkinson’s Honorary Patron, and the following individuals are Ambassadors: Andy Barrie (Radio personality), Jeanne Beker (TV personality), Tom Cochrane (Musician), Ashley Holzer (Olympian), Martha Johnson (Musician), Roy McMurtry (Politician), Adam van Koeverden (Olympian).
Donating or participating. The financial goal of 500 Miles for Parkinson’s is to raise $500,000 for Parkinson’s research. The proceeds will be pooled and divided amongst three beneficiaries: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Movement Disorders Center in New York and the Morton and Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Centre at Toronto Western Hospital.
To support 500 Miles for Parkinson’s, you can purchase tickets to an event, make a donation or become a sponsor here. A key component of the initiative is to raise awareness and there is a school program component where students can sign on to sponsor a mile and have the opportunity to meet Harry along the route.
WHO: 500 Miles for Parkinson’s
WHAT: New York City Kickoff Event
WHERE: Glasshouses, 21st Floor, 545 West 25th Street, 21st Floor, New York, NY
WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2016 – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
*ABOUT PARKINSON’S DISEASE
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative, neurological condition. The primary symptoms of the disease are: tremor, rigidity, slowed movement (bradykinesia) and impaired balance (postural instability). It is estimated that at least one million people in the United States, one hundred thousand in Canada, and more than five million worldwide, have Parkinson’s disease. As the population ages, these figures will rise.