A Langley folk band will perform a song written in honour of their grandfather at this year’s Parkinson’s SuperWalk.
The event begins Sunday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. at Fort Langley’s Riverside Community Room (9273 Glover Rd).
The Prevailing Westerlies, made up of members Rhiannon Wallace, Roan Wallace, Margaret Lees and Kirsten Kwong will perform a song they wrote along with Trenewan Wallace and David Lees entitled “Grandpa’s Song.”
It was written in honour of their grandpa David Wallace who passed away in 2012 from Parkinson’s.
The whole community is encouraged to come out to the walk which is in its second year in Langley.
It’s difficult to estimate how many people in Langley live with Parkinson’s, said the Parkinson’s Society. There is an active support group in the area that meets every third Friday at the Douglas Recreation Centre.
“Many people, unfortunately, live in shame due to the general lack of public knowledge about the disease,” said Laura Darch, the society’s communications manager.
“The physical symptoms leave some feeling embarrassed to be outside. One of the reasons SuperWalk is important is to raise awareness, but also to bring people with PD out of the shadows with the support of friends, family and the local community.”
Organizations, businesses, families and friends will walk together and celebrate teamwork while raising funds for Parkinson’s research, support services and education.
The SuperWalk is the society’s largest national fundraising event. In B.C., the goal is to beat 2012’s record of $595,000 and nationwide, the aim is to raise $3.3 million.
Participants can register by visiting www.parkinson.bc.ca.