Paws for Parkinson’s fundraising event set for June 21 in South Waterfront

06/18/14  Portland, Ore.

Fourth annual event, raising money for OHSU Parkinson Center, will include dog walks, pet contests

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Paws for Parkinson’s fundraiser for OHSU Parkinson Center


9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 21, 2014


Grassy area at the base of the Portland Aerial Tram, next to the OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3303 S.W. Bond Ave., Portland, Oregon.


The event will include one-kilometer and four-kilometer walks with dogs along the Willamette River in the South Waterfront neighborhood. It will also feature pet contests, a vendor fair and a silent auction.

More than 400 people are expected to participate, including Stephanie Cook. Cook flew in from Hawaii to raise money and be part of Paws for Parkinson's this year, because of her respect for the OHSU Parkinson Center's John Nutt, M.D., she says, and because she wants to do everything she can to defeat Parkinson's disease.

Cook, who now lives in Hawaii with her husband, has Parkinson's. Her mother, who also had Parkinson's before her death six years ago, was for 17 years president of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association.

"I think we need to do everything we can to raise funds for research, to understand and defeat this disease," Stephanie says. "I just think it's really important."

She also participates in the event to honor her mother.

"My first thought after I was diagnosed was I hope I can be as gracious and positive as she was. And as giving as she was." Cook will be available for interviews during the event.

Funds raised from Paws for Parkinson’s will help the OHSU Parkinson Center further its mission of helping people with Parkinson's disease by offering expertise and comprehensive care, providing education to patients, families, and professionals and promoting research into causes of and treatment for Parkinson's disease.