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Swampscott runners and walkers raise funds towards Parkinson’s Disease research

Swampscott runners and walkers raise funds towards Parkinson’s Disease research
Community members walk shoulder to shoulder along King's Beach during the 1-mile walk. (Courtesy: Britt Godshalk)

SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. — Runners and walkers took to the streets of Swampscott on Sunday, October 30th to raise funds toward a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. After a hiatus in 2019 and 2020 due to COVID-19, the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Boston Run/Walk welcomed picture-perfect weather and included a kids fun run, 1-mile walk and a 5K run/walk. Runner Alex Colangelo came in first place in the 5k with a chip time of 19:46. But the real winners were the researchers working on a cure with 536 community members helping to raise more than $120,000.

A community member participates in the Run/Walk in honor of her mother. (Courtesy: Britt Godshalk)

The effort began back in 2007 when Swampscott resident Anna Wistran Wolfe (recently featured in Swampscott Neighbors cover story) started the North Shore Walk for Parkinson’s Disease in honor of her father, Daniel Wistran, who was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 52. In 2017, the Michael J. Fox Foundation brought the walk into its series of events taking place around the country, from which 100 percent of proceeds go directly to high-impact research working on a cure.

Anna Wistran Wolfe is joined by her siblings on stage in a heartfelt dedication to her late father, Daniel Wistran. (Courtesy: Britt Godshalk)

Earlier this year, MJFF Run/Walks occurred in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia, and another event will be held in New York City’s Central Park on December 17. Daniel Wistran passed away on September 4, 2021, at the age of 74. This year’s event in Swampscott was dedicated in his loving memory.

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