Inaugural Parkinson's Walk set for Saturday
Rob Rooker knew something was wrong two and a half years ago, but couldn't put his finger on it. He went to one doctor and wanted a second opinion, so he went to another.
As a result of that second opinion, Rooker discovered that he had Parkinson's Disease. With this diagnosis, Rooker joined the Parkinson's Foundation a year ago, and will participate in the inaugural Parkinson's Walk and 5K on April 14.
There is no fee to participate, but runners and walkers are encouraged to make a donation to the Parkinson's Foundation to help support programs in the local area. There will be several bounce houses and games for the kids, as well as entertainment and food.
Rooker described the symptoms that he began to have at the onset of the disease.
"I began having slurred speech and my muscles were getting stiff and staying that way all day long," he said. "Then, I started having tremors, so I went to two doctors and the second doctor told me that I had Stage II Parkinson's Disease. She gave me the Nupro Patch and within 30 days my tremors had stopped.
"The event will be held at Bentley Gardens on the campus of Cameron University. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the Run begins at 9 a.m. for runners and 9:15 for walkers," he said. "There is a special track for runners, which will take place on a sanctioned, marked-off course and a separate path for walkers."