Conquering Parkinson’s One Hiking Boot at a Time

08/18/2012 (press release: staceyp4p) // Springfield, Virginia, USA // Stacey Mann

When artist Stacey Mann’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, she was moved to make a difference. In 2009, she created Promises for Parkinson’s. Promises is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Parkinson’s patients and support scientific research that aims for a cure. On September 8, 2012, Promises for Parkinson’s will hold their third Annual Hike the Park for Parkinson’s at beautiful Oregon Ridge Park in Hunt Valley MD from 8am-12noon. Hike the Park for Parkinson’s will benefit Maryland’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center and the Promises for Parkinson’s Care Program.

“By bringing together people of all ages and lifestyles, we can create awareness for this debilitating disease”, says Mrs. Mann. Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects over one million Americans and has no known cause or cure. PD is a progressive neurological disorder that affects movement and may cause shaking (tremors), muscle stiffness (rigidity), slowing of movement, impaired balance or other symptoms. Parkinson’s effects daily life, making tasks such as brushing teeth, buttoning a shirt and even smiling difficult.

“The hike begins on the Oregon Ridge Ski Slope, simulating the challenges faced every day by those with Parkinson’s”, expressed Mrs. Mann. Interested hikers and volunteers should register at

(Stacey Mann and her father, John Evans, are available for interviews. Pictures are available upon request. Dr. Peter Beilenson, Chief Health Officer of Howard County Maryland, supports the Hike and the efforts of Promises for Parkinson’s. )

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