Agoura Hills 5K

WHAT: Hundreds of local participants will walk side by side in the 3rd Annual APDA Southern California Optimism Walk to raise critical funds and awareness of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and to further APDA’s mission to help every person impacted by PD live life to the fullest. The 2019 Southern California Optimism Walk is part of a series of Optimism Walks taking place from coast to coast and participants will include people living with PD, their friends and care partners, medical professionals who focus their work on PD, and more.  It is not too late to register to participate or to make a donation. 

This fundraising event offers a short one-mile non-competitive walk through beautiful gardens (individuals can walk as much or as little as they choose) and other family-friendly activities including prizes, music, sponsor activities, educational opportunities and more. Most importantly, it offers the chance to bond with and support others who are similarly connected.

walkers big group cropped smaller.pngHappy walkers raising funds and awareness at last year’s APDA Southern CA Optimism Walk!

WHEN:                       Saturday, March 30, 2019
                             9:30am:   Walk Begins
8:30am: Registration Opens

WHERE:               South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

INTERVIEW  OPPORTUNITIES:   Media representatives are invited to meet Stephanie Paul, National Senior Vice President of Development & Marketing for APDA at the Optimism Walk, as well as people living with PD and the medical professionals who treat them. Pre- or post-Optimism Walk interviews can be arranged at a separate location and time if needed.

Interview topics could include:

  • Overview of Parkinson’s disease
  • How to help someone living with PD
  • Steps to take if you are diagnosed
  • Local resources available to the PD community
  • Overview of the Optimism Walk and how the funds raised are put to work

–  Every 9 minutes someone in the US is diagnosed with PD.
–  Funds raised enable APDA to continue providing local information, education, and support to those impacted by PD and fund scientific research into the causes, prevention, treatments and ultimately the cure.

MORE INFORMATION:  For more information about the Walk, please contact Janell Pomeroy at 310-486-0153 or or visit us online.

ABOUT APDA: The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is the largest grassroots network dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease (PD) and works tirelessly to help the more than 1 million Americans with PD live life to the fullest in the face of this chronic, neurological disorder. Founded in 1961, APDA has raised and invested more than $185 million to provide outstanding patient services and educational programs, elevate public awareness about the disease, and support research designed to unlock the mysteries of PD and ultimately put an end to this disease. To join us in the fight against Parkinson’s disease and to learn more about the support APDA provides nationally through our network of Chapters and Information and Referral (I&R) Centers, as well as our national Research Program and Centers for Advanced Research, please visit us at

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