JOSEPH – The Wallowa County Parkinson’s Disease Support Group invites the public to join members them in walking the streets of Joseph at the Joseph Sole Support Walk at the end of this month.

The group is hosting the walk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, to promote awareness of Parkinson’s disease and to raise money to help find a cure and provide support services for those suffering from this degenerative movement disorder.

The county support group, which was organized by Ben Boswell, former Wallowa County commissioner, and Mike Koloski, artist and Rotarian, is affiliated with Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon (PRO), a Lake Oswego-based organization that offers a wide range of support services to Parkinson’s patients throughout the state.

“PRO sponsors an annual awareness and fundraising walk called ‘Sole Support’ in several locations in the Willamette Valley,” Boswell said, adding that he and his wife, Claudia took part in the Portland Sole Support Walk a couple of years ago.

“I figured that the westside shouldn’t have all the fun and suggested that we hold our own walk here in Eastern Oregon,” Boswell said. “What better place than beautiful downtown Joseph.”

“The Joseph Sole Support Walk will be a fun, low-key affair, offering the choice of a 1 or 5 kilometer walk through the city of Joseph viewing the local bronzes, shops and mountain vistas,” walk chairman Koloski said. He noted that it would be easy to join an existing team, or form a team and recruit friends and family members to walk along.

To sign up, Koloski said to go to the website and follow the simple instructions. “A minimum donation of $20 registers you on the walk and gets you a snazzy T-shirt to wear as you walk,” he said.

Walkers will meet at the Joseph Masonic Lodge on the corner of Main and S. 2nd Street Sept. 30. The walk begins at 2 p.m.

Koloski encourages interested people to register soon to insure Sole Support T-shirts are reserved for them.

For more information, call Koloski, 541-426-8604.

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