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Local Parkinson's walk gets superlative support

Josey and Ryan LeBlond lead the several dozen walkers who took part in Parkinson’s Superwalk on Saturday at Northumberland Regional High School.
Josey and Ryan LeBlond lead the several dozen walkers who took part in Parkinson’s Superwalk on Saturday at Northumberland Regional High School.

– Margaret Milne and Josephine Jollymore couldn’t help but be impressed with the support given at the local level to the Parkinson’s Superwalk.

“We don’t live in a big city, and it’s about the people and their families who live with Parkinson’s,” said Milne, whose late husband Jamie Milne struggled with a form of the disease before passing away in 2004.

“Pictou County is wonderful to support their own.”

They were two of a few dozen who took part in the 11th annual Parkinson’s Superwalk on Saturday, at Northumberland Regional High School.

More than $16,000 was raised for the charity from this year’s walk.

Jollymore’s late husband Gordon lived with Parkinson’s and like Milne, she wanted to stay involved with the Pictou County Parkinson Support Group, which meets every week to share their stories, struggles and moments of successes.

She called the people involved with Parkinson’s at the grassroots level “a wonderful group of people” and Milne spoke of those in attendance on Saturday – not just those who have lived with people who’ve seen loved ones dealing with Parkinson’s, but some who are dealing with it firsthand, and are willing to fight the battle every day.

“They’re so determined – they don't complain and they never give up,” Milne said.

 

 

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