Joe Stammler – Windsor-Essex
Every year, the Stammler family gathers for an afternoon in Malden Park to do something they used to take for granted – walking. For Joe Stammler’s father, Herb, and all the others affected by Parkinson’s disease, it’s one of the many aspects in his life that has turned into a big challenge since his diagnosis.
In honour of his father, Joe and his family decided to form “Team Stammler” to participate at the walk in Windsor seven years ago, along with his sisters in Vancouver and Halifax. Team Stammler chose to join the first ever WALK-IT for Parkinson’s last year in Malden Park to help raise awareness and funds for important research here in Southwestern Ontario.
For Joe, the ultimate goal is one day finding a cure for Parkinson’s, and supporting Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario contributes towards this goal. “As our family started to learn more about Parkinson’s and the fundraising efforts, we decided to join the walk to help raise awareness and money for important research,” explained Joe. “Being involved with the Society has helped me and my family know and understand that we are not alone in our fight, and that there are resources to help.”
Over the years, Parkinson’s has made a big impact on the lives of the Stammler family, which is why they have made WALK-IT for Parkinson’s an annual tradition. Joe sees the event as a fun way to spread awareness in the community, and the support of the volunteers and participants is what truly makes the day a success.
After spending a supportive and uplifting afternoon with friends and family at the event, there’s one simple thing that stands out for Joe. “My favourite part is the actual walk itself – walking side by side with my Dad.”
About WALK-IT for Parkinson’s
WALK-IT for Parkinson’s will take place on September 10, 2017 at Malden Park in Windsor. Visit www.walk-it.ca to register and to find more information about Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario.