VENTURA, CA –The Parkinson’s Foundation will host Moving Day Ventura County on April 29, 2023, at Ventura County Fairgrounds. More than 250 people are expected to take part in movement demonstrations and a 1-mile walk to beat Parkinson’s. The family-friendly, in-person event is one of 45 Moving Days taking place across the country in 2023. Funds raised through Moving Day support cutting-edge research, improved quality of care and education programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease and their families.
Moving Day is more than just a walk. It is a celebration of movement, which is critical in battling the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The event in Ventura County will be fun and inspiring, including demonstrations of boxing and other movement disciplines to warm up the crowd for the walk. It is estimated that one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinson’s, with approximately 90,000 people newly diagnosed each year. Moving Day events across the country have raised more than $35 million supporting the Parkinson’s Foundation’s mission to make life better for people with Parkinson’s disease.
This year the California Chapter of the Parkinson’s Foundation will be honoring Dr. Bradley Hiner at Moving Day Ventura. He is a Movement Disorder Neurologist with 30+ years of experience including as a full Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, now practicing at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard and soon-to-be in Santa Barbara, California.
Since joining the medical staff in 2019, Dr. Hiner has specialized in movement disorders and is focused on patients with Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. He is committed to improving the activities of daily living for his patients.
When asked why he is supporting Parkinson’s Foundation and Moving Day, Dr. Hiner commented that “”With over one million patients having Parkinson’s disease in the U.S., and over 90,000 new cases diagnosed yearly, we need to fight this condition with every resource possible–and there is no greater resource for patients, families and healthcare professionals than the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Furthermore, the numbers are striking for Southern California, with data suggesting over 4,800 cases in Ventura County alone. Moving Day is one way to get out and show your support!”
Fundraising at the walk is important but so is the social aspect. “Moving Day is vital not only because it is our largest fundraising event of the year, but because it brings the Parkinson’s community together” said Bernice Detig, Development Manager for PF’s California Chapter. “This community really supports each other, and you can see how these interactions truly benefit everyone who attends,” she continued.
One of the critical efforts supported by Moving Day donations is PD GENEration, a clinical study by the Parkinson’s Foundation. PD GENEration examines the genetic foundations of the disease, opening doors to new treatment approaches and, hopefully, a cure. The Foundation is seeking additional participants for the study, and more information will be available at the event.
Moving Day Ventura County will include informational exhibits and a PD Experience where people who don’t have Parkinson’s can learn what it’s like to contend with some of the affliction’s symptoms. The event draws people of all ages and walks of life.
To learn more about Moving Day Ventura and how you, your family and friends, and your company can get involved, please visit MovingDayVenturaCounty.org. Moving Day is made possible, in part, through the generous support of national and local partners including Amneal, Supernus, Kyowa Kirin, Avion, Dignity Health and Del Sol Harvesting
About the Parkinson’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. Since 1957, the Parkinson’s Foundation has invested more than $400 million in Parkinson’s research and clinical care. Connect with us on Parkinson.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).
About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.