Local Parkinson group to join national walk

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Westborough – The Westborough Area Parkinson’s Support Group will be participating in a fundraising walk Sunday, June 3, at the P. Brent Trottier School, 49 Parkerville Road, in Southborough. The event will begin with registration at 11 a.m. and the walk at 12 p.m.

This 32nd annual Optimism Walk will raise funds to benefit research and programs for the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. All members of the community are invited to come and share the day, learn about Parkinson’s disease and enjoy food, music and camaraderie.

The Westborough team name for this walk is “movers, shakers and stiffs” – suggesting that humor is part of the group’s experience together. For three years they have been gathering to help each other to live better, to find alternate ways to do what they love and to feel comfortable in a social environment.

The group welcomes doctors, physical and speech therapists, senior center directors, artists, purveyors of new medicines and new means for taking medications to speak to them and assist them in living with this disease.

Members of the support group come from Fitchburg, West Boylston, Grafton, Uxbridge, Worcester, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Hudson, Marlborough, Northborough and Westborough.