Parkinson's Awareness walk and 9-hole golf outing

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Parkinson's Awareness of Clayton County (PACC) will hold its 5th annual Parkinson's Awareness Walk and 9-hole best-shot golf outing on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Guttenberg Golf & Country Club. Above are members of PACC who participated in last year's event. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Parkinson's Awareness of Clayton County (PACC) is making plans to hold its 5th annual Parkinson's Awareness Walk and 9-hole best-shot golf outing. The event is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Guttenberg Golf & Country Club located at 28126 Hwy. 52. 

Registration for the walk begins at 9:30 a.m., with walkers lining up at 10 a.m. There is no cost associated with the walk, but a free will donation is appreciated. 

A four-person best-shot outing will begin with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The cost for the golf outing is $25  per person and covers 9-holes and a cart. Reservations are required and can be made by call/text or e-mail at 563-663-1262 or

In addition to the walk and golf outing, the PACC will hold a silent auction and provide a lunch stand for participants. 

"Please join us for our 5th annual Parkinson's Awareness walk and golf outing," said a spokesperson for the group. "Your support enables us to maintain our local support group, which hosts various meetings that bring in helpful resources for our Parkinson's patients. We also provide fitness center memberships to local Parkinson's patients."

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will also be donated to state/national Parkinson's organizations to help fund research and find a cure for the disease. For additional information or if you would like to make a donation to the silent auction, contact Erin Potter at 563-599-5778 or Janet Hefel at 563-599-5252 or visit the PACC website at

Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Symptoms often start gradually, starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. Tremors are common, but the disorder will also cause stiffness or slowing of movement.

In the early stages of the illness, a person may experience a lack of facial expression, stationary arms when walking and an increase in slurred or soft speech. An increase in depression can also present itself in those suffering from the disease. Parkinson's disease symptoms worsen as the condition progresses over time.

Although the disease can't be cured, medication can be beneficial. A physician may suggest surgery to regulate certain regions of the brain to alleviate symptoms.

Parkinson’s disease affects approximately 1.5 million Americans. It strikes men slightly more often than women and is a condition usually affecting people in the over 60-age group. However, about 15% of patients with the disorder are diagnosed before the age of 40.

Clayton County PACC

PACC is an approved 501(C) (3) non-profit organization formed in 2016 by several local families who have been directly impacted by family members who currently have been diagnosed with or have passed away from the disease.

The group is on a mission to raise awareness for those affected by Parkinson's and their families by offering resources, education and support to ensure that those affected by the disease are not alone.

"Currently PACC has put all exercise and support groups on hold due to restrictions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, but check our website for new information," said organizers. "In the meantime, if you are a Parkinson's patient, and need financial assistance with a gym membership, or at-home exercise equipment, please reach out to us!"

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