Thousands will walk hundreds of miles in more than 20 U.S. Cities to raise awareness and funds in fight against Parkinson’s Disease

EASE THE BURDEN – FIND THE CURE FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASENew York, NY, March 26, 2015 – Volunteers will collectively walk hundreds of miles this year to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and funds to support the American Parkinson Disease Association’s (APDA) purpose to Ease the Burden – Find the Cure. The 2015 Optimism Walk campaign is open for registration and will take place in more than 20 locations including, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Madison, Nashville, Omaha, Phoenix, Rhode Island, New Jersey, San Antonio, Minnesota, Seattle, St. Louis, New York, Nevada, South Florida, Vermont, Virginia Beach and others throughout the United States.

Since its founding in 1961, APDA has raised and invested more than $86 million to date to support scientific research and provide support and education for more than one million Americans diagnosed with the progressive, degenerative neurological disease that currently has no cure.

“Every year thousands of friends, families, and individuals coping with Parkinson’s disease take to local pathways and parks with a passion to find a cure and help end the devastation of Parkinson’s disease. The lifesaving funds raised through the walks will support scientific research, as well as Parkinson’s patients and caregivers through the APDA information & Referral Center and Chapter network,” said APDA President & CEO Leslie A. Chambers. “It is important to remember that we are closer than ever before to finding a cure for Parkinson’s and every effort counts in this battle.”

In 2014, the Optimism Walk campaign drew thousands of participants and raised almost $700,000 to fund critical research and patient services. The goal for this year’s Optimism Walk campaign is to top one million dollars.

“APDA’s Optimism Walk campaign runs from April through October and is a great way for both Parkinson’s patients and the general community to go out for a day of fun, and exercise, while spreading awareness,” Chambers said. To find an Optimism Walk in your area, visit

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About the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)
APDA was founded in 1961 with the dual purpose to Ease the Burden – Find the Cure for Parkinson’s disease. In that time, APDA has raised and invested more than $86 million to fund research, patient services and education, and elevate public awareness. As the country’s largest Parkinson’s grassroots organization, APDA is here to serve the more than one million Americans with Parkinson’s disease and their families through a national network of Chapters, Information and Referral (I&R) Centers, and support groups. APDA also funds Centers for Advanced Research and awards grants to fund the most promising research toward discovering the cause(s) and finding the cure for Parkinson’s disease.