Participants in a recent Moving Day event began their walk through the Parkinson’s Moving Day arch.

“Moving Day Venice, A Walk for Parkinson’s” is this Saturday, Nov. 3, at Maxine Barritt Park, 1800 Harbor Drive, Venice.

Already, 210 people are registered, raising $52,397 toward the $75,000 goal.

“We want people to register a team and fundraise by inviting family and friends to come out and walk,” Megan Willard said. “We have 31 teams already signed up and expect an attendance of 350 and more at the event.”

Everyone is invited to participate — families, caregivers and people with Parkinson’s, even if they are using wheelchairs, walkers, scooters or other assistive equipment.

There is no obligation to walk. People are welcome to come and see what is available to the Parkinson’s community.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., vendors including the National Parkinson Foundation Mission, national partners and pharmaceutical companies will be available to discuss the needs of caregivers and Parkinson’s patients. Products and services available to the local community will be in the resource pavilions.

At 9 a.m., 10-minute sessions in the massage tent will be available. For families, there is a kid’s zone with face painting, and Home Depot has provided craft kits for the children.

Mayor John Holic is guest emcee of the event, and there will be a DJ.

Water and snacks will be provided during the walk for individuals and teams, which can choose a 1-mile or a 5K course around the pond starting at 10:30 a.m. and finishing by noon.

Limited handicapped parking is available.

Funds raised through Moving Day will support cutting-edge research and community programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease.

One million Americans are living with Parkinson’s and 60,000 people are newly diagnosed each year.

This is intended to be a fun and inspiring event uniting the community in the fight against Parkinson’s.

Moving Day events across the country have raised more than $17 million since 2011.

For details, visit or call 813-940-7246.


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