By Chelsea LoCascio
On the gray, rainy morning of Saturday, April 23, TCNJ Society for Treatments and Awareness of Neuromuscular Disease (STAND) enlightened the College about Parkinson’s disease.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., three people participated in STAND’s Walk for Parkinson’s Disease by walking around the Metzger Drive Loop to raise money and awareness for the National Parkinson Foundation, according to STAND President and senior communication studies major Bryan Steward.
“I (hoped) people (would) attend just to show that people really care about things like Parkinson’s disease and show that people are willing to go out… to a fun event to raise awareness,” Steward said. “It’s a laid back event. They can come, they can donate as much they want per mile. They can walk, they can run. It’s just an event to have fun and show support.”
In total, the participants raised $14.
According to Steward, STAND was started in Spring 2014 by alumnus Mark Eisenberg (’15), who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Steward said that Eisenberg started it to not only raise awareness for muscular dystrophy, but also other neuromuscular diseases, such as Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
STAND held this event to continue to support Eisenberg’s original intentions when he started the club.
“There’s a lot of research going on now and it’s an important time to raise money and raise awareness,” Steward said.