Jerry Maher Memorial 5k Run & Walk for Parkinson Awareness 
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The 7th Annual Jerry Maher Memorial 5K Run/Jog & Walk for Parkinson Awareness will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Uniontown Fireman's Social Hall & Bailey Park, 58 Dunbar Street,Uniontown, PA 15401.  Registration will open at 7:30am.  The run/walk will begin at 9:00am.  There will be a kids race (ages 10 and under) immediately following the 5k run/walk.  This is an event for the entire family.  The course will be marked, and water will be provided.  There will be many raffle prizes again this year.  We are also on Facebook.  Become a fan at:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jerry-Maher-Memorial-5k-for-Parkinson-Awareness/315064845238

Last year more than 190 runners and walkers participated in the 5th annual Jerry Maher Memorial 5K Run & Walk for Parkinson Awareness and raised over $8,500 for the Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. 
Since 2007 we have raised over $42,000 for the Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. 

Former state Sen. Bill Lincoln started the 3.1 mile race, which stretched from the Uniontown Fireman's Social Hall on Dunbar Street to the South Union Township Recreation Center and back. Bobby Gasior of Robinson Township and Duquesne University was the overall winner. The first-place female runner was Danica Snyder of Butler, PA and also a record setting Duquesne University track and cross-country performer..

Among the many raffle prizes were:  Autographed Pittsburgh Steelers merchandise, electric go-cart, overnight stay at Nemacolin Woodlands, overnight stay and dinner at the Stone House, IPod, Coca-Cola collectibles and many others.

The Maher family would like to that all that participated, volunteered and the sponsors who made this event possible.
 

In January of 2007 Jerry Maher Sr. lost his battle to Parkinson disease.  On June 9, 2007 we hosted the 1st Annual Jerry Maher Memorial 5k race/walk and kids fun run to assist in raising money for the research and development of new ways to treat and cure this devastating disease.   Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive neurodegenerative movement disorder. Tremors, rigidity, slow movement (bradykinesia), poor balance, and difficulty walking (called parkinsonian gait) are characteristic primary symptoms of Parkinson's disease. 

Parkinson's results from the degeneration of dopamine-producing nerve cells in the brain, specifically in the substantia nigra and the locus coeruleus. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that stimulates motor neurons, those nerve cells that control the muscles. When dopamine production is depleted, the motor system nerves are unable to control movement and coordination. Parkinson's disease patients have lost 80% or more of their dopamine-producing cells by the time symptoms appear.

Incidence and Prevalence
Parkinson's disease afflicts 1 to 1 1/2 million people in the United States. The disorder occurs in all races but is somewhat more prevalent among Caucasians. Men are affected slightly more often than women.

Symptoms of Parkinson's disease may appear at any age, but the average age of onset is 60. It is rare in people younger than 30 and risk increases with age. It is estimated that 5% to 10% of patients experience symptoms before the age of 40.

Risk Factors

In a small number of cases worldwide there is a strong inheritance pattern. A genetic predisposition for Parkinson's disease is possible, with the onset of disease and its gradual development dependant on a trigger, such as trauma, other illness, or exposure to an environmental toxin.

The risk increases with age, as Parkinson's disease generally manifests in the middle or late years of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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