Jerry Maher Memorial 5k Run and       Walk for Parkinson Awareness 
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                            New Race Location - Hutchinson Park, Hopwood, PA 15445

The 8th Annual Jerry Maher Memorial 5K Run/Jog & Walk for Parkinson Awareness will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Hutchinson Park, Hopwood, PA 15445.  Registration will open at 7:30am.  The run/walk will begin at 9:00am. The race will start in the park and cross over Hopwood-Fairchance Road, out past the AMVETS toward the base of the mountain where the runners & walkers will turn around and return to the finish line located in the park. 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.
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Last year more than 180 runners and walkers participated in the 7th annual Jerry Maher Memorial 5K Run & Walk for Parkinson Awareness and raised over $8,000 for the Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. 
Since 2007 we have raised over $49,000 for the Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. 

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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