Ken Woods – Owen Sound
When someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, it affects their entire family – especially those closest to them. When Ken Woods’ wife Mary was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Ken became her main caregiver and had to make many choices revolving around her needs.
Ken first participated in the walk in Owen Sound 5 years ago because it was important for him to help find a cure for Parkinson’s. “My favourite part of the walk is the companionship which develops with other people,” said Ken. “You also feel great knowing that you’re helping others and support of friends who help by donating to the walk.”
Ken also hopes WALK-IT for Parkinson’s will bring more awareness of the disease to those who live in Owen Sound and the surrounding communities. “We want people to know that Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario is here to help, especially with our local support groups who meet every month,” explained Ken.
The local support groups help Ken and Mary by keeping members educated and informed about Parkinson’s, and reaching out to the community to get as many people involved as possible. The society provides much needed hope and support to its members, and with that help, Ken can imagine a future without Parkinson’s.
About WALK-IT for Parkinson’s
WALK-IT for Parkinson’s will take place on September 10, 2017 at Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound. Visit www.walk-it.ca to register and to find more information about Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario.