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Sunflower Revolution 5K To Support Parkinson's Disease

Sunflower 5K for Parkinson's Fundraising
Sunflower 5K for Parkinson's Fundraising
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The University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute sponsors a Sunflower Revolution weekend which will raise funds for Parkinson’s Disease research for patients worldwide as well as promote awareness within the community regarding its devastating and incurable nature. The weekend will include educational events for both patients and caregivers and will conclude on Sunday with a series of fundraising bike rides along the river as well as a 5K run/walk for teams.

On Sunday September 7th the 5K will start at 9:00am, though the earlier registration will start off at 6am before the longest bike rides are set to take off. There will also be a Sunflower Sprouts Kids Fun Run at 10:30 for kids 12 and under at Yeatman’s Cove. Following all of the events there will be an awards ceremony and live entertainment by the Tracy Walker Band until 1:30, with awards given to the top 3 fundraising teams, top 3 individual fundraisers, most spirited team and the largest team. There will also be food and refreshments available at the ceremony for purchase.

The Sunflower Revolution was named and founded by Kathleen Krumme, a local cyclist and bicycle shop manager whose father suffered from Parkinson’s Disease. She named the event for the sunflower which is a common sight at the Tour de France every year, as well as considered a key symbol of hope in general and for Parkinson’s patients as well. So, for all you local runners, take a minute to think about a race in support of Parkinson’s Disease worldwide! Further details on registration and the full weekend are available with the UC Neuroscience Institute, www.ucni.donordrive.com.