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Dennis Brugger, right, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease walks beside his wife Cheryl and sister Joyce Cameron, left, during the Parkinson SuperWalk at the Riverbank Discovery Centre on Saturday.
Dennis Brugger is just beginning his eighth year living with Parkinson’s disease, a facet of his life he doesn’t let dictate how he lives.
"It’s reality, it is what it is, I’m pleased to do what I’m able to do," said the 71-year-old. "I’m able to play tennis still and I still play golf."
He said there’s nothing he can’t do and he still can’t tear himself away from work despite being in semi-retirement from his insurance and investment business.
Brugger was one of more than 50 participants at Saturday’s ninth annual Parkinson SuperWalk at the Riverbank Discovery Centre, all in hopes of raising money to research and isolate the gene that causes havoc to the body’s central nervous system.
"The SuperWalk is one of the good features we have," he said as he walked. "I’ve been here every year now."
This year, around $10,000 was raised, just shy of last year’s $13,000 mark, with money going to fund research, support groups and education.
Brugger had 22 family members walking on Saturday to support him.
"Everybody here has Parkinson's or are in a family with someone who has Parkinsons," said Eleen Bossons, Westman community co-ordinator with Parkinson Society Manitoba. "So, it’s a family affair for sure."
"Brandon is a very giving community," Brugger said.
Parkinson SuperWalk is the largest national fundraising event for Parkinson Society Canada and its partners. Approximately 14,000 participants from coast-to-coast organize and take part in the event each year, according to the organization.
Last year, the event raised $3.24 million across Canada.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 9, 2013