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This weekend Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon (PRO) will be kicking off its 16th annual Sole Support in Central Oregon.

This series of community walks raises awareness of Parkinson’s and the local resources available to support patients and families living with this disease. In its 40th year, Parkinson’s Resources is an independent nonprofit serving 14,000 households in Oregon and southwest Washington. Activities such as Sole Support raise the funds necessary to offer services critical living well with Parkinson’s without requiring payment — ensuring no one has to face this disease alone.

Event details:

  • Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon (PRO) is hosting its annual Sole Support 1k/5k the weekend of Sept. 12-13.
  • All funds raised directly assist patients and families facing Parkinson’s in Central Oregon.
  • Drive-thru packet pickup event on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ponderosa Elementary School in Bend. Bend Fire & Rescue, Bend Police, over 25 Sole Support volunteers, and PRO staff will be there as participants turn in donations, collect their event swag bags, and then get their cars decorated with streamers and balloons to raise awareness — all while staying safely socially distant in their vehicles.
  • On Sunday, Sept. 13 walkers from around the area will be participating in a 1k or 5k by utilizing one of the recommended routes that will be provided in their “choose your own adventure” booklet, in their neighborhood, or on their treadmill at home at a time that is convenient for them.
  • Walkers are encouraged to share photos/videos on Facebook and/or Instagram by tagging Sole Support and PRO to build a sense of community and raise awareness of local services with the hashtags #Walk4PD, #parkinsonsresources and #solesupport4PD.
  • The goal is to raise $45,000 for Central Oregon (currently 10k away!), and to have over 250 walkers

For more details, contact Lauren Tietsort, development director, at 503-939-6969.

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