Welcome to the European Unity Walk – a unique event brought to you by the European Parkinson's Disease Association (EPDA) that aims to raise awareness across Europe about Parkinson’s disease and its impact on people living with the disease, their families and our entire society.
On Saturday 20 September 2014, more than 700 of the EPDA's friends and supporters from across Europe – including hundreds of people with Parkinson’s – helped celebrate the second European Unity Walk through the city of Luxembourg.
And it just was not the walkers. Hundreds more saw the procession: spectators took photographs, passers-by waved and cheered us on as we walked the 1.2km route through the city centre – even the police on their motor bikes were taking snapshots. No one failed to notice us!
It was a wonderful, heartwarming and fun day with children, parents and grandparents all joining in a street party that featured dancing, singing, camaraderie and friendship. But alongside this, there was an underlying serious message that there is so much more to be done to improve the lives of more than 1.2 million people and their families throughout Europe who live with Parkinson’s on a daily basis.
Events such as these bring local communities together. Unified voices reinforce the message that the management of this chronic, progressive neurodegenerative disease has to change soon so that people with Parkinson’s get the right treatment for them at the right time.
While our message is serious, we are delighted that the day itself was so rewarding, memorable and fun for all involved. Highlights included:
- a colourful procession against the historic backdrop of Luxembourg, where hundreds of ‘Unity Walkers’ were wearing branded European Unity Walk T-shirts and carried special banners and balloons
- special activities before, during and after the event, included guest speakers, celebrity appearances, warm-up exercises, a marching band, Parkinson’s information booths, Sticky Fingers - the Rolling Stones Tribute Band, dancing and more.
About this website
Please take time to look around this site where you will find everything you need to know about why there is an urgent need for this kind of event, what happened on the day, and much more.
You will also find out how easy it is to support future European Unity Walks if you are unable to attend in person, either by donating or helping us to spread the word. Together, we can help improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s and their families – and our society.