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3rd Annual Parkinson's Won't Stop Me 5K

EVENTS
  • 5K Run/Walk:- Run 3.1 Miles
RACE DATE
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location
TY Park
Address
3300 N Park Rd
CITY
Hollywood
STATE/TERR
Florida
Zip
33021
COUNTRY
USA
Description

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra.

Symptoms generally develop slowly over years. The progression of symptoms is often a bit different from one person to another due to the diversity of the disease. People with PD may experience:

Tremor, mainly at rest and described as pill rolling tremor in hands. Other forms of tremor are possible
Bradykinesia
Limb rigidity
Gait and balance problems
The cause remains largely unknown. Although there is no cure, treatment options vary and include medications and surgery. While Parkinson’s itself is not fatal, disease complications can be serious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rated complications from PD as the 14th cause of death in the United States.

The first step to living well with Parkinson’s disease is to understand the disease and the progression:
It is possible to have a good to great quality of life with PD. Working with your doctor and following recommended therapies are essential in successfully treating symptoms by using dopaminergic medications. People with PD need this medication because they have low levels or are missing dopamine in the brain, mainly due to impairment of neurons in the substantia nigra.

It is important to understand that people with PD first start experiencing symptoms later in the course of the disease because a significant amount of the substantia nigra neurons have already been lost or impaired. Lewy bodies (accumulation of abnormal alpha-synuclein) are found in substantia nigra neurons of PD patients.

Scientists are exploring ways to identify biomarkers for PD that can lead to earlier diagnosis and more tailored treatments to slow down the disease process. Currently, all therapies used for PD improve symptoms without slowing or halting the disease progression.

In addition to movement-related (“motor”) symptoms, Parkinson’s symptoms may be unrelated to movement (“non-motor”).People with PD are often more impacted by their non-motor symptoms than motor symptoms. Examples of non-motor symptoms include: apathy, depression, constipation, sleep behavior disorders, loss of sense of smell and cognitive impairment.

In idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, progression tends to be slow and variable. Doctors often use the Hoehn and Yahr scale to gauge the progression of the disease over the years. The scale was originally implemented in 1967 and it included stages zero to five, where zero is no signs of Parkinson’s and five is advanced PD. It was later changed to become the modified Hoehn and Yahr scale.

So many people in South Florida have been affected or know someone who has been affected by Parkinson's Disease.  The 3rd Annual Parkinson's Won't Stop Me 5K - Honoring Miami-Dade Fire Fighter Paul Bersach will help the Parkinson's Foundation raise money to help find a cure and help those affected.  Paul Bersach, a former Miami-Dade Fire Fighter, was affected by this unfortunate disease and this 5K will honor his name and help ensure other families do not go through what his family endured.  Paul dedicated so much of his life to helping others, including 30 years of service to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.  Paul is blessed with a beautiful family, starting with his wife Toby and their three children Stacey, Andy, and Cindy.  The family is focused on continuing his legacy of giving.  Proceeds from the event will go to the Parkinson's Foundation in Paul's honor.  Your support is humbling and will help all those who are fighting against Parkinson's Disease, which will be one step closer to a cure thanks to your support.

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