Lorne Hyatt is a determined guy, and he intends to show it on Sept. 18.
The Sarnia man learned four years ago he had Parkinson’s disease. And while new drugs have helped alleviate the symptoms, he believes the right attitude is crucial to his improvement.
“I had someone comment once that the medication has improved my situation, but they felt that my determination has had much more to do with my success,” he said.
Hyatt and an entourage of supporters are taking part next week in the region’s first ever Walk-It for Parkinson’s.
“My favourite part of the whole experience is that we participate as a family – myself, my spouse, our three amazing sons and their spouses, and most of all our five grandchildren,” he said.
“It fills my heart with joy that they wish to participate.”
Previously known as the Parkinson SuperWalk, Walk-It for Parkinson’s places the focus on exercise and movement.
Staying active has proven beneficial in slowing the progress of symptoms, according to the Parkinson’s Society of Southwestern Ontario.
“I encourage those with Parkinson’s, friends, family and care partners to come out, get active and raise funds,” said CEO Shelley Rivard.
Pledged walkers will begin one and five kilometre routes at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, starting at Stoke’s Bay Grill & Bar, 485 Harbour Rd.
Parkinson’s disease makes daily living difficult. Symptoms include tremors, rigidity, slow movement, loss of balance, soft speech and sleep disturbances.
Funds raised from the walk help support groups in 23 communities across the region, as well as education, research and advocacy.
To register or learn more, visit www. WALK-IT.ca