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2013 Okemos Walk-a-thon 5K Run Results

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Michigan Parkinson Foundation

The Results are in
for the Greater Lansing Area's 2013
"I Gave My Sole For Parkinson's"
Walkathons & 5K Run

The fourth annual I Gave My Sole For Parkinson's Walkathon & 5K Run was held at Okemos High School stadium and cross country field on Saturday, September 21, 2013. This was the largest event held thus far with over 500 participants and volunteers. 88 people participated in the 5K Run, which was organized by Sam Reale and Brian Cooper.

More than $39,500 was raised for the Walkathon & 5K Run - another record! These funds will directly benefit people with PD and their families throughout the state, and the Lansing Support Group will be identifying a new initiative to address this year.

Highlights included salutes to the four Honorary Chairs: Peter Hasbrook (MPF Board member and active on the planning committee of the Lansing Support Group), Rep. Joan Bauer (joined by her husband, Doug Langham, who has PD), Dr. James Potchen (recently retired from MSU - he developed the Department of Radiology and has been diagnosed with PD), and Denise Van Etten, RN (Nurse Coordinator of MSU's Movement Disorder Clinic and member of MPF's Professional Advisory Board).  Emcee Brandie Yates of HOM and CAM TV encouraged everyone to keep on going - and people didn't want to stop!  Ben Dilday and friend entertained the crowd, along with music by guitarist Robert McCloy and DJ James Jablonski. We were honored that the SOMEKO Singers sang the National Anthem, and Michelle's Dance Troupe warmed us up. The Walkathon & 5K run was not only a lot of fun, but a great success!

Congratulations to all who participated!  Photographs, taken by Subi Bhandari of Subi's Photography are available for viewing and downloading.

We will be holding our fifth annual Okemos Walkathon & 5K Run next year in the same location - date is being determined.

5K Run Results:



We would like to recognize and thank the following people and organizations for their help and sponsorship with this year's event:

Committee Members:

  • Jim Galloway, Event Chairperson
  • Ray Buch
  • Rose Mary and Roland Hubbert
  • James Jablonski
  • Alice and Gene Kenyon
  • Lori Mann
  • Michelle McDevitt
  • Denise Van Etten, RN

Honorary Chairs:

  •  Former Representative Joan Bauer, District 68
  •  Peter Hasbrook
  •  Dr. E. James Potchen
  •  Denise Van Etten, RN
  •  Emcee: Brandie Hansen, HOM/CAM TV 


  • Rush Trucking - Platinum
  • UCB Pharma - Gold
  • MSU Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology - Bronze
  • MSU Movement Disorders Clinic - Bronze
  • Capital Imports (Honda) - Bronze
  • Alice & Roy Erickson - Bronze
  • O'Leary Paint - Bronze
  • Joan Bauer & Doug Langham - Friend
  • Doctor's Approach Dermatology - Friend
  • Lansing Ophthalmology - Friend
  • Warmels & Comstock, PLLC - Friend
  • Medtronics - Display
  • Okemos High School - Event Host 

Media Sponsors:

  • HOM TV and CAM TV
  • Lansing State Journal
  • WILX TV Channel 10
  • WSYM-TV FOX 47 Television

With many thanks to:

  • Bravo Cucina Italina Restaurant
  • Boy Scout Troops 64 and 164
  • Gary Clavette and Steve Pinckney
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Creative Wellness
  • Family Home Health Services
  • Grand Traverse Pie Company
  • Great Lakes Caring
  • Guitar Center
  • Home Health Partners
  • Mancino's Restaurant
  • Max & Erma's
  • Meijers - Okemos
  • Michelle's Dance Studio
  • Michigan State University School of Music Therapy
  • Panera Bread
  • Rose Andre and her Cookbooks
  • Russ Verrell, Assistant Principal, Okemos High School
  • SOMEKO Singers
  • TEVA
  • Uncle John's Cider Mill

Top Fund Raisers:

We wish to thank all of you for helping to raise money for Michigan Parkinson Foundation. A special thanks goes to:

Okemos - Individual:

  • Roland Hubbert
  • Dr. James Potchen
  • Kathryn Robertson
  • Jenna Lolli
  • Doug Langham
  • Jamie Hodder
  • Donald Butcher
  • Terry Lowe
  • Brianna Harden
  • Judy Wood

Okemos - Team:

  • Thelen Acres
  • The Loons
  • Felhandler
  • Slider
  • Steve's Spartans
  • Toni's Tigers
  • DJ2000
  • Sharon's Groupies
  • 45th Parallel Trekers
  • GoGagaGo

Support Groups:

  • Ionia
  • Owosso

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