Parkinson Society Superwalk 2009

A few years back, my mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. I have learned a lot about Parkinson’s since we found out she had it and though she will not die from this (thankfully) she may forever live with it because there is presently no cure. Parkinson’s disease affects everyone differently, but many common symptoms are slowed movement, tremors, stooped posture, discomfort, among many others. Michael J. Fox has early-onset Parkinson’s. Mom isn’t able to do the things she once liked to do like walk to the store, walk her dog, take out the garbage or even some other everyday things like cutting vegetables. It’s really hard knowing there’s no cure but every year the Parkinson Society puts off the Superwalk in cities across Canada to raise money for research towards a cure.

Last year at Superwalk, I walked with my friend Fatty. I volunteered to be the photographer for the event (with some assistance from Fatty) and it was a huge success. This year, I decided I wanted to lead a team and bring more people out for the cause, so far, it’s a li’l team of 2 – myself and best friend, but there’s still 8 days to the walk, there’s still time! I have been so busy with working, photographing and planning a wedding I haven’t been able to get many sponsors yet, but if you would like to sponsor me or even better join my team, check out my Superwalk page.

Lucky for me, the NL Parkinson Society loved the photos I took last year. So when they got the call from National office looking for a photographer to take photos for a national print campaign featuring a young St. John’s girl, they called me! Pretty exciting I tell you. Young Michealea is only 8. She raises thousands every year during Superwalk to help find a cure. Her grandmother had Parkinson’s but, unfortunately from what I read in the print ad, her grandmother has recently passed away. Over two shoots Michaelea, her mom and I worked hard to get many shots as outlined from head office. After that, we just had to wait and see if they would be used I guess. So at least, I found out that one was used in Canadian Living magazine. Indeed, the ad is really small and the photo even smaller but I don’t care, it’s pretty awesome that my photo is there – I’m so happy!

Taken by my computer, I was in a bit of a rush but just wanted to show the li

Taken by my computer, I was in a bit of a rush but just wanted to show the li\’l ad!!

 This is the photo that was selected for the ad. It looked really dark in the magazine. Maybe because it was sooo tiny LOL

This is the photo that was selected for the ad. It looked really dark in the magazine. Maybe because it was sooo tiny LOL

Walkers in Bowring Park

Walkers in Bowring Park

Superwalkers

Superdogwalker

Superwalk 2008

Lots of Love!

Donna Mc

  • Sheila - September 6, 2009 - 3:33 pm

    Beautiful Photo’s

  • Callista (Michaelea's Mom) - September 8, 2009 - 11:18 am

    Donna,

    So happy to hear that you are participating again this year. Michaelea appeared in Canadian Living, House to Home and Lifestyles as well as a french magazine. There is a video on the superwalk website featuring several of your portraits. We were so pleased, a card picturing Michaelea’s worn sneakers also went out to walkers who raised over $15oo last year, real cute(super dirty sneakers). Good luck in your fundraising efforts, awesome avenue to take.

    Callista Silver

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