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Small steps towards finding a cure


Small steps towards finding a cure

A special walk will raise funds and awareness of a debilitating disease.

Hundreds of people are expected to step out on the Sunshine Coast on June 30 to raise awareness and important funds for a debilitating condition.

But before the 2024 Step Out For Parkinson’s Walk event begins, Jarod Olsen and 13 running mates from the region and Brisbane will embark on a 114-kilometre challenge.

Starting from South Bank at 1pm on June 29, the group will run through the night.

Once Jarod reaches the Coast, three generations of his family will hand over the official running baton to begin the community walk.

The Olsen family knows too well the impacts of Parkinson’s disease, as Jarod’s father Rod lives with the condition.

Five years ago, Rod ran a half-marathon with Jarod and his grandsons.

It was one of many over the years.

Rod’s marathon runs have been slowed down considerably with his Parkinson’s diagnosis

Parkinson’s is the fastest-growing neurological disease in the world and impacts people of all ages.

One person is diagnosed every 40 minutes in Australia.

“Exercise is known to slow down the progression of this disease, so there is no better way of raising awareness as well as raising much-needed funds than to step out together in the Sunshine Coast fresh air, to appreciate the simple joy of movement with our local community,” Rod’s wife and Jarod’s mother Tricia Olsen says.

The 2024 Step Out For Parkinson’s Walk will be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast athletic track.

The event is open to everyone and will raise money for Parkinson’s Queensland, Shake it Up Australia and Restoring Hope in a bid to find a cure for the disease.

The walk begins at 9.30am and will see participants walk laps of the track until 11am.

Registrations open from 8am to 9am.

Visit to register and for more information.

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