Fundraisers Walk to Make an Impact

APDA’s Optimism Walks bring friends and families together in support of those living with Parkinson’s, mobilizing communities to put an end to this disease, together. See how some participants have gone above and beyond in their fundraising efforts.

Steve participating in the Optimism Walk

Team: Porter’s Supporters
Team Captain: Steve Porter
Total raised: $1,635

When Steve Porter learned that he had PD, it felt like a devastating diagnosis — but with the support of his wife and four children, he remains hopeful and optimistic. Through APDA, he finds ways to manage his symptoms, participate in clinical trials, and donate to support others like him.

“Every donation matters — small, medium or large. They all go to the research and programs that directly affect the quality of life for someone with PD.” — Steve Porter


Valerie (left) with her mother Suzie and their team

Team: Team Suzie Ellis
Team Captain: Valerie Ellis
Total raised: $2,090

After her mother, Suzie, was diagnosed with PD, Valerie became involved with APDA and has participated in many Optimism Walks over the years. As Suzie’s symptoms progress, Valerie is more determined than ever to bring awareness to the disease.

“I fundraise through Facebook and also through donations from the parents at the school where I teach. I am amazed at how many people have told me that their loved ones also have PD!” — Valerie Ellis


The Optimism Walk is APDA’s signature fundraising event — are you ready to join the nationwide movement? Register for a walk near you or support a team here.