Walking Separately, but Together Posted on June 12, 2020June 25, 2020 by Phil FranchinaSuggest a Topic | Subscribe Digital Digest Articles Walking Separately, but Together Walking Separately, but Together The 2020 Optimism Walk season kicked-off with four virtual Optimism Walks which all took place simultaneously on May 31, 2020. After an online celebration and opening ceremony, participants in all four events walked separately, but together in solidarity for the PD community. Due to social distancing, participants were encouraged to walk on their own and share photos and comments on social media using #OptimismWalk so together they could still be uplifted by a great sense of community and camaraderie. In a fun East Coast/West Coast unofficial competition, our virtual Optimism Walks based out of Massachusetts and Vermont were up against those taking place in California and Washington. (It was a close call but our friends on the West Coast got the bragging rights.) To keep everyone safe, we are transitioning the rest of our 2020 schedule to virtual Walks. Visit our website for dates and details. We offer special thanks to our National Optimism Walk sponsors: Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Lundbeck and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals; as well as Neurocrine Biosciences and Acadia Pharmaceuticals who sponsored our first virtual Walks in May.