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.
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.
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.