New Orleans Parkinson’s Community Holds Annual Walk


Event raises funds for the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s 

to help people with Parkinson’s LIVE WELL TODAY

(NEW ORLEANS, October 8, 2022)

The New Orleans Parkinson’s community will hold the Louisiana Walks for Parkinson’s on Saturday, October 8, on Pavilion Island at Lafreniere Park in Metairie, LA. Louisiana Walks benefits the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s and is a celebration of living well, complete with two handicap-accessible walking routes, local food and beverages, a silent auction, a parade of prizes raffle, live music, entertainment, and local resources for people with Parkinson’s. 

Since the first event in partnership with the Davis Phinney Foundation in 2017, Louisiana Walks has raised more than $257,000 to help support the Foundation’s mission to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. This year, the goal is to raise $100,000. In addition to supporting resources nationally, the event supports local programs and has awarded grants to support organizations like the New Orleans Ballet Association’s Dance for Parkinson’s program. 

Annually, the Davis Phinney Foundation reaches more than one million individuals and families affected by Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s is the fastest-growing neurodegenerative disease in the world, and more than 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year in the US. Events like Louisiana Walks for Parkinson’s help raise awareness about Parkinson’s and provide critical resources people need to live well with it. 

“The New Orleans community is lucky to have leaders like event directors Michelle Lane and Susan Sapir-Fields,” says Jenna Deidel, Director of Community Engagement for the Davis Phinney Foundation. “Through Michelle’s work as an Ambassador for the Foundation and Susan’s dedication to this event, they have helped to change the lives of many individuals and families in their community.” 

You can register online now for this family-friendly event. Walk-up registration is also welcome. Thank you to event sponsors: Supernus, Acadia, Medtronic, Acorda, Kyowa Kirin, Abbott, UCB, Amneal, Abbott, Tulane Neuroscience, Royal Honda, Laurel Senior Living, Gotta Call Bob, ESP Agency, Home Instead, Poydras Home, and more! 

The Davis Phinney Foundation was founded by Olympic cyclist Davis Phinney in 2004 to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. The organization’s focus is to provide programs, early-stage research, and resources that offer inspiration, information, and tools that enable people living with Parkinson’s to take action to immediately improve their quality of life. Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease – second to Alzheimer’s – and affects more than one million people in the United States. The Foundation’s work impacts hundreds of thousands of individuals and families each year.

Team DPF is the grassroots fundraising community that supports the Davis Phinney Foundation through participation in athletic and community-based events. With a focus on fun, personal empowerment, and fundraising for Parkinson’s, Team DPF welcomes all ages and abilities. With roots in cycling, Team DPF also extends to runners, climbers, swimmers, community events, and more.

WhatAnnual Louisiana Walks for Parkinson’s

 Distances: 3/4-mile or a 1.65-mile walk 

When: 10 am on Oct. 8, 2022 (Registration opens at 9 a.m.)

Where: Lafreniere Park, Pavilion Island 3000 Downs Blvd, Metairie, LA 70003

Visit to register for the walk, donate, or learn more about the event.  

Louisiana Walks is a unique event that seeks to increase Parkinson’s awareness and promote the mission of the Davis Phinney Foundation; to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. Proceeds from the event help raise funds to support educational and inspirational programs and quality of life research. This volunteer-driven event is designed to celebrate the Parkinson’s community and honor the lives of people living with Parkinson’s. Contributions made through the event are critical to furthering the Davis Phinney Foundation’s important work.  

The Davis Phinney Foundation was created in 2004 by Olympic medalist and retired professional cyclist Davis Phinney to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. The Foundation’s focus is to provide programs and resources that offer inspiration, information, and tools that enable people living with Parkinson’s to take action that can immediately improve their quality of life. Through The Victory Summit® virtual event series, Every Victory Counts® manual, Ambassador Leadership program, Healthy Parkinson’s Communities initiative, funding of quality-of-life research, and extensive online content, the Foundation impacts hundreds of thousands of individuals each year.

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Rebecca Reifel

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