Sole Support for Parkinson’s Fundraising Walk Set for September 8


Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon (PRO) invites Central Oregon residents and those in surrounding areas to unite as a community in celebration and support of those living with Parkinson’s disease. PRO will host the annual Sole Support for Parkinson’s 1k and 5k walks at Drake Park on September 8. PRO is celebrating its 15th year of Sole Support, the nonprofit’s signature event raising awareness and funds for local services for Parkinson’s clients. Free registration at

Executive Director Holly Chaimov said, “When we step out on Parkinson’s at Sole Support, we are working together in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. In working to meet our goal of raising awareness and services throughout the region, PRO recognizes there is much more to do to ensure no one in Central Oregon faces Parkinson’s alone. Funds raised at this Bend event stay local, supporting the presence of an outreach office and innovative programs accessible throughout the region. We are stronger together and in this, we invite people with Parkinson’s, friends, and family to join us in this celebration and step out on Parkinson’s to improve the lives of our neighbors and loved ones.”

On behalf of the PRO board of directors and staff, we thank the dedicated local volunteers who are working tirelessly toward the success of this event. These volunteers of the Central Oregon Parkinson’s Council have joined our efforts, and together we are raising awareness and financial support of Parkinson’s services in the region.

Over the past 14 years, Sole Support participants have raised more than $2.5 million to provide the financial underpinning for programs dedicated to improving the lives of patients and their loved ones. Thanks to the success of this fundraiser, Parkinson’s Resources does not require payment for services for individuals and families facing this debilitating disease.

What: Sole Support for Parkinson’s fundraising walk

Cost: Registration is free, donations are encouraged

Where: Drake Park, 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend

When: September 8 — on-site registration opens at 9am, walk starts at 10am

Who: Parkinson’s patients, their loved ones and the allied health providers who serve them unite in celebration and support to ensure specialized services in the region so no one has to face this disease alone.

Why: In order to better serve the Parkinson’s community throughout the Northwest with deeper, more specialized programs, PRO has renewed our statewide commitment with a strategic initiative to reach broader through the provision of deeper services in our less populated areas. PRO is responding to Oregon’s need for stability, belonging, and information for those facing Parkinson’s.



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