Ev­ery­day strug­gles of liv­ing with Parkin­son’s

Sports fish­er­man finds sup­port through Parkin­son SuperWalk

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Imag­ine wak­ing up one day and not be­ing able to do the things you’ve done your en­tire life. This is an ev­ery­day re­al­ity for the more than 1,600 peo­ple liv­ing with Parkin­son’s dis­ease in this prov­ince. This year 500 walk­ers are pre­par­ing to par­tic­i­pate in Parkin­son SuperWalk, the So­ci­ety’s largest an­nual fundrais­ing event.

Parkin­son SuperWalk takes place this month in Car­bon­ear, New Per­li­can, Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, Gan­der, Marys­town, and St. John’s.

With a $ 100,000 goal, Parkin­son New­found­land & Labrador says it can con­tinue to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port ser­vices to peo­ple with Parkin­son’s and the loved ones who are there to fight the ev­ery day bat­tle along­side them, un­til there is a cure for this pro­gres­sive brain dis­ease.

New­found­land sports fish­er­man, Wayne Dawe ex­pe­ri­enced a life al­ter­ing moment one day as he went to put a worm at the end of his hook. He strug­gled with it. This was his first ex­pe­ri­ence with Parkin­son’s prior to his di­ag­no­sis at age 54 in 2004. Dawe re­al­ized some­thing wasn’t right when his left hand be­gan to trem­ble as he pre­pared his fish­ing rod for an­other day of trout­ing, some­thing he had done nu­mer­ous times be­fore.

“ Since be­ing di­ag­nosed I have lit­tle re­minders ev­ery day of my Parkin­son’s; my morn­ings are slow to start, my wife helps me with my con­tact lenses, so I don’t poke my eye out. It takes me longer to tie my shoelaces and to do up my but­tons. Even sip­ping a glass of wa­ter has be­come a chal­lenge,” he says.

With sup­port from his fam­ily, Dawe has taken on a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, speak­ing openly about his Parkin­son’s with med­i­cal stu­dents and set­ting an ex­am­ple for his son who is pur­su­ing a nurs­ing de­gree. “I want to show my son that when things get rough you don’t fold. Some­how you look within your­self, draw on the re­sources you have, and move for­ward. You have to keep the faith. I’ve got Parkin­son’s, but I am go­ing to make sure it doesn’t slow me down with­out a fight,” says Wayne.

Parkin­son So­ci­ety New­found­land & Labrador un­der­stands that treat­ing this dis­ease in­volves more than just find­ing a cure.

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