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Pooches and people walk for Parkinson's Disease

Saturday, April 25, the Paws for Parkinson's Walk and Expo will combine fun and fundraising in one event. With major sponsorship by Yavapai Regional Medical Hospital, Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital and Medtronic, the Paws Walk offers people with Parkinson's disease and those who love them way to raise funds while enjoying a springtime morning walk with family and friends, multiple chances to win prizes and raffle items, and a tasty sack lunch that can be "for here" or "to go."

Many area businesses are also involved, providing items to be raffled, prizes to registered walkers, and taking tables at the expo. With non-profit organization status provided by the Parkinson Network of Arizona and the enthusiastic support of quad-cities residents, their families and friends, 100% of funds raised will be dedicated to benefitting over 1,000 people in Yavapai County and their care partners who daily cope with the challenges and often difficult circumstances of living with Parkinson disease. Funds raised will help provide educational events, assistance to the Prescott and Verde Valley support groups and their vital activities, specialized exercise and therapy programs, and facilitation of the extensive volunteer efforts offered by the support groups, area healthcare providers and services.

Walkers can learn more about the event and register to participate at, by calling 928.202.7952, or email to Dogs are not required. You need not walk the 1.6 mile course to participate. If you would like to attend without registering, please join in. The purpose of the Paws for Parkinson's Walk and Expos is two-fold: 1) to raise funds to be used locally; and 2) to have fun!


TIME: April 25th. Registration from 9:00 AM. Walk begins at 10:00 AM.

LOCATION: Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, 3700 N. Windsong Drive, Prescott Valley.

PURPOSE OF THE EVENT: The proceeds of this event will assist the Prescott and Verde Valley support groups in their outreach efforts and provide funds for support group services, educational programs and activities to enhance the quality of life for people in Yavapai County who are coping with the challenges of PD.

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE: Requested walker registration: $25. Walk as an individual, couple, team or informal group. Walk with or without a dog. Dogs must be leashed and well behaved.

HOW TO REGISTER & RECEIVE DONATIONS IN SUPPORT OF YOUR PARTICIPATION: Use the Parkinson Network Arizona website registration for walkers and donors at For information or if you prefer not to register online, please call Judy Talley - 928.202.7952 or email

THE COURSE: A pleasant 1.6 mile walk on quiet sidewalks with rest stops along the way. Walking is optional.

PARKING: Alta Vista Retirement Community is providing shuttle service to and from nearby parking at the Prescott Valley Civic Center. Handicapped individuals may be dropped off at Mountain Valley hospital before parking. The shuttle will also repeatedly circle the course and pick up any walkers who want a ride.

GRAND PRIZE: To the individual who raises the most funds - A 1-hour North Aire Discovery flight for 2 from Prescott Airport. Explore the Prescott, Mingus, Verde Valley and Sedona areas and receive a $50 gift certificate for your dining pleasure, courtesy of Prescott Station. (Total value: $250)

TEAM PRIZE: To the team that raises the most funds - $100 in Target gift cards provided by Kimberly Bierschwale, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Rehabilitation Services, Prescott.

RAFFLES: A variety of items donated by area merchants, services and individuals. To be conducted after walkers have returned to Mountain Valley. You must be present to win.

SACK LUNCH: Registered walkers will automatically receive a voucher for lunch. All others can obtain a voucher for a suggested donation of $5. We recommend calling 928.202.7952 prior to April 20th to reserve a lunch.

A FINE CAP: A Paws cap you can wear proudly all year.

ACTIVITIES: Vendor tables with activities for everyone, including dogs.

REMINDERS: The Paws Walk is an outdoor event so wear a hat and sunscreen. Be sure to bring any medications you may need. If you will be in a wheelchair, let us know. We have volunteer pushers.

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