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East Texas Optimism Walk 2012 for Parkinson’s disease scheduled April 28 in Tyler

Optimism is the focus of this year's annual American Parkinson Disease Association East Texas Optimism Walk 2012, scheduled April 28 at the Rose Rudman Recreational Trail in Tyler.

 The East Texas Parkinson's walk is an annual effort toraise money for education, research and support services for thoseaffected by Parkinson's disease. The event is sponsored by the APDAEast Texas Chapter and the ETMC Movement Disorder Center. 

"Individuals living with Parkinson's or those whose friends orloved ones have been diagnosed and all individuals who want tosupport a good cause are invited to join in by registering for ordonating to our event today," said Kelly Boutin, walk chairpersonand Tyler-area APDA Information and Referral Center coordinator."When everyone works together, great things can be accomplished toease the burden and find the cure for Parkinson's disease."

The Tyler walk is open to all East Texas residents, and itstarts at 11:30 a.m. on April 28 in the Robert E. Lee parking lotnear the REL track. Check-in starts at 10 a.m. All activities willconclude at 2 p.m.  

Approximately 3.6 million Americans have been diagnosed withParkinson's disease. Approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosedeach year, and many more may have Parkinson's without realizing ityet.

It predominantly affects older adults, but healthcare providersalso see early onset cases, which are estimated at between five and10 percent of the total Parkinson's population.

For more information, or to support or participate in theOptimism Walk for Parkinson's, visit our chapter website at or contact: KellyBoutin at 903-596-3618 or