Harry Will Walk 500 Miles

Thursday, May 26, 2016

{for Parkinson’s Disease}

Jasmin and Harry McMurtry met when they were 16 and 18 years’ old. Their friendship extended through their teens and into adulthood. In 1983 they founded Camp Awakening together, a summer camp and leadership program for youth with disabilities.

In 2005, Harry was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, ultimately leading to his early retirement in 2010. Since then, Harry has been tirelessly raising funds for Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. His latest goal is to walk from New York City, his current home, to Toronto, his former home. And Jasmin will be joining Harry as they walk together from Wolfe Island to Toronto in June.

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease with symptoms that vary person to person. Some more common symptoms include:

  • Tremors in the hands, arms, face, and jaw
  • Slowness and stiffness
  • Impaired balance
  • Soft speech
  • Rigidity of muscles

It is estimated that more than 100,000 Canadians have been diagnoses with Parkinson’s. Currently, there is no cure.

The whole Modern OT team is inspired by Harry’s courage. Good luck to Harry and Jasmin! Take it one step at a time.

To find out more about Harry’s 500 Miles for Parkinson’s, please click here.

Harry’s walk has already started, click here to track his progress.