Friday, 17 September 2010 00:00
Cooper and Coby Ratner of Great Neck are Portuguese Water Dogs. They usually occupy themselves with playing fetch, swimming, and lounging around at home. Despite their busy schedules, they always find time to help raise money for a good cause, especially if it involves a walk in the park. In 2009, they were “Top Fundraising Dogs” for the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Paws for Parkinson’s event. This year, they plan to participate in the APDA’s 8th Annual Paws for Parkinson’s “Howl-O-Ween Dog Walkathon”, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 24 at Marjorie R. Post Park in Massapequa. Registration starts at 11 a.m., and the walk starts at 12:30 p.m., rain or shine. Registration fee is $25 per dog, and each registrant at the event receives a T-shirt while supplies last.
The activities include a 1-mile walk, refreshments, informational tables, raffles, contests and prizes. There will also be a canine agility course, courtesy of L.I. Agility of Huntington, along with lots of giveaways from sponsors like Pet Supplies “Plus”, Petco and Petland Discounts. The grand raffle prize is a Norwegian Cruise Line 7-day cruise for two, sailing from New York in an oceanview cabin, to a choice of destinations.
The Paws for Parkinson’s event is generously sponsored by the Adele Smithers Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center, an innovative program for people with Parkinson’s, incorporating physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. The Smithers Center is located at the NY College of Osteopathic Medicine of NYIT in Old Westbury, where they will offer a free Parkinson’s symposium in October.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that results from degeneration of cells in a region of the brain that controls movement. The primary symptoms include tremor, rigidity or stiffness, slowness of movement, and impaired balance and coordination. As the disease progresses, patients may have trouble walking, talking, or completing other simple tasks. The cause of the disease is not known and there is no cure.
The American Parkinson Disease Association was founded in 1961 to “ease the burden and find the cure” for Parkinson’s Disease. The organization promotes research, outreach services, education, and public awareness of the disease.
For details, call APDA’s Long Island Information & Referral Centers at 516-626-6114 or 631-862-3560, or visit website at www.liapda.org to form a team, register or donate online. Be a Virtual Dog Walker online! Everyone is invited to walk, with or without a dog.