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East Texas Optimism Walk for Parkinson’s disease

OPTIMISM is the focus of this year's annual American Parkinson Disease Association East Texas OPTIMISM Walk 2013 scheduled May 4th at the Rose Rudman Recreational Trail in Tyler.

 The East Texas Parkinson's walk is an annual effort to raise money for education, research and support services for those affected by Parkinson's disease. The event is sponsored by the APDA East Texas Chapter, ETMC and TEVA Neuroscience.

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

The Tyler walk is open to all East Texas residents, and it starts at 11:30 a.m. on May 4th in the Robert E. Lee parking lot near the track. Check-in starts at 10 a.m. All activities will conclude at 2 p.m.  

Approximately 1.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, and many more may have Parkinson's without realizing it yet.

It predominantly affects older adults, but healthcare providers also see early onset cases, which are estimated at between five and 10 percent of the total Parkinson's population.

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