“Walk a Mile in My Parkinson’s Shoes”: Building Empathy for People with Parkinson’s

Walk a Mile in My Parkinson's Shoes - Davis Phinney Foundation lorraine wilson parkinson's Empathy—a candid photo of an indoor track with various walkers on it. The track is purple, and a green floor is next to it. The curtains are green. Seven people in the photo wear a mix of purple and black shirts. There is a person in a wheelchair in the background.

Over the past nearly two decades, we have seen community members host everything from Parkinson’s fairs to quiz nights, wine tastings, silent auctions, and everything in between to raise awareness and create empathy for people with Parkinson’s. We love seeing everyone play to their strengths and create events that represent their interests and who they are. The event we want to tell you about is no different.

Late last year, one of our Ambassadors, Lorraine Wilson, pulled off one of the coolest events we’ve ever seen. It was called “Walk a Mile in My Parkinson’s Shoes.” The goal was to build understanding and empathy for Parkinson’s in her community. It accomplished that and so much more!

Recently, Kayla Ferguson, our community grants manager, talked to Lorraine about the event and what it took to pull it off. If you want to be inspired and want a look behind the curtain to see if you’d like to create a similar event in your community, watch the video below. We all know how important it is to create events that foster empathy for people with Parkinson’s, and we’d love to help you host your own. And, if you’d like even more tips, reach out to Lorraine. She is filled with ideas that work and loves helping others make a difference in their communities.

If you’d like to learn more about events that we’ve hosted or want help creating your own, join Team DPF! We have events throughout the country throughout the year, and we’d love to help you create your own. 


Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's Peloton ClubOur educational content is made possible because of the monthly donors in our Peloton Club. Want to become a member and help us continue to create the resources people need to live well with Parkinson’s? Learn more and register to become a member here. It’s as easy as can be to set it and forget it.

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