2017 APDA Optimism Walk - Midwest

Join us on September 9, 2017

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Welcome to the APDA Midwest
Optimism Walk!

Join us! Register Online Today!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Naperville Grand Riverwalk Pavilion
Downtown Naperville
West Jackson Ave (West End)
Naperville, IL

Check-in: 9:00 am
Walk: 10:00 am


(Online registration is strongly encouraged)


What it is:

  • An important (and fun-filled) fundraising event that offers a short non-competitive walk and other family-friendly activities, prizes and more!
  • Walking the full distance is not mandatory! Participants can walk as much or as little as they choose.
  • Each Optimism Walk is part of a nationwide movement to mobilize and inspire people to set up and help put an end to Parkinson's disease.  Be a part of it!

Why Walk?

  • Because every nine minutes someone is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
  • The more funds we raise, the more people we can help.
  • Raise $100 or more and get a free Optimism Walk t-shirt!
  • Funds raised enable APDA to continue providing information, education and support to those touched by PD in your community and fund scientific research into the causes, prevention, treatments and ultimately the cure.
  • And, because it's going to be a GREAT day!

Other Details:

  • Rain or shine!
  • Fundraising is highly encouraged.  We have tips and templates to help make fundraising easy to do!
  • Download an Optimism Walk Brochure and/or Flyer to share with friends and coworkers!



Want to get the VIP treatment?

The funds you raise will help us provide more programs and services to the local PD community.

You can earn great prizes and VIP treatment, so start your fundraising today!

Individuals raising more than $3,500 online ( as of September 1st Noon CST)

  • VIP Reserved Parking Spot
  • VIP Gift Bag
  • 10 Free Raffle Tickets
  • VIP Award presented at event


  Teams raising more than $5,500 online* (as of 12pm CST, September 1)

  • 1 VIP Team Captain Reserved Parking Spot
  • 1 Team Table
  • 1 Free Raffle Ticket per team member (as of 12pm CST, September 1)
  • Bagels and Coffee for the VIP team
  • VIP Team Recognition at the event


Additional Awards & Recognition at Event:

  • Individuals fundraising $1,000 or more online* (as of 12pm CST, September 1)
  • Every registered participant who fundraises $100 or more gets a free Optimism Walk t-shirt!
  • Biggest Team (based on number of registered team members online as of 12pm CST, September 1)
  • Most Team Spirit (to be determined day of)


* Winners based on funds submitted and recorded online by 9/1/17, 12pm CST.



For more information:

  • Call APDA Midwest Chapter at 630-933-4392 or email apdamidwest@apdaparkinson.org

About APDA - Every day we provide the support, education and research that will help everyone impacted by Parkinson's disease live life to the fullest.   APDA is the largest grassroots network serving people with Parkinson's disease and their families.  

The American Parkinson Disease Association is a 501(c)3 organization.  Tax ID # 13-1962771. www.apdaparkinson.org
Check out our Optimism Walk video!



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