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It is time to get serious about curing Parkinson's disease, says PUPS for Parkinson's Disease, Inc., so the organization is holding a Walk for a Cure on Sunday, on April 19 at Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon to benefit Parkinson's disease research.

Parkinson's disease is a debilitating neurological disorder that affects more than 1.5 million Americans, including an estimated 11,000 Long Islanders. The PUPS Dog Walk is sponsored by PUPS for Parkinson's Disease, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. One hundred percent of the money raised will be used to fund research for a cure.

Baylee Cravotta, the beagle "spokesdog" for PUPS, will be the starter for the walk at 10 a.m. Same day registration begins at 9 a.m., but it is recommended that participants register their dog online or call 516-279-6430 to register.

Baylee and her buddies suggest that participants form a team to raise the $100 registration fee. You may register online at www.pupsforparkinsonsinc.org or for more information you can email pupsforparkinsons@gmail.org.

In addition to a comfortable one-mile walk around Belmont Lake, dogs and their owners can also participate in best costume and owner/dog look-a-like contests, and a talent competition. There will be obedience and agility demonstrations, a pet marketplace featuring the latest in pet-related products and services, and much, much more.

The two top fundraisers are eligible to win special prizes. Grand prize is a $300 VISA Gift Card (must raise at least $1,000); Runner-up prize is a $200 VISA Gift Card (must raise $500). Only one prize will be awarded in each category. All donations must be received by June 19, 2009.

Don't have a dog? It's OK, the fun goes on. Join the walk and bring a camera! To put your best paw forward, register in advance online or call 516-279-6430.


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