The Optimism Walk is an important and fun-filled fundraising event that offers a short non-competitive walk, family-friendly gathering for lunch, live music, and sponsor tables. The Wisconsin Optimism Walk is part of a nationwide movement to mobilize and inspire people to step up and help put an end to Parkinson's disease.
Sign-up yourself, your family, and friends, or join a team. It’s a fun day; raising money for an important cause… helping Wisconsin families living with Parkinson’s disease.
The walk route is one mile, which is twice around a half-mile loop at Warner Park. Participants can walk as much or as little as they choose. The entire route is wheelchair accessible.
Patti Batt, nationally recognized Rock Steady Boxing Coach, will lead a warm-up exercise. Patti coaches about 50 people with Parkinson’s every week. Helping them live healthier lives. Her kick-off is sure to energize the crowd.
Melted, a local food truck will offer a variety of lunch options after your walk. Melted makes some of the best sandwiches in Madison. They use quality ingredients and design meals that are chef-crafted with care. Their motto is “This isn’t your Momma’s American on white. It’s the Cadillac of grilled cheese.” More info www.meltedmadison.com
The Evan Riley Band is the perfect fit for the Optimism Walk. This acoustic rock band has a fresh and delightfully unexpected blend of folk and rock styles, that appeals to audiences of all ages. Their mix of acoustic and electric guitars, strings, trumpet, accordion, eclectic percussion, and rich vocal harmonies is a rarely-heard musical palette. In addition to performing original songs, the band covers many popular tunes from the 70s to today. The father of two of the band members is living with Parkinson’s disease. More info www.facebook.com/evan.d.riley1
Vendors will be at the park with exhibits and experts who can answer questions about your Parkinson’s journey.
Your safety is our priority. Picnic tables at Warner Park Pavilion will be spaced out by 6-feet and masks are encouraged when you are not eating and drinking. All public health guidelines and safety measures will be in place.
Dogs are permitted but must be on leashes.
- Because every nine minutes someone is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
- The more funds we raise, the more people we can help right here in Wisconsin
- Raise $100, $500, $1,000+ and qualify for great prizes. Prizes include the official Optimism Walk t-shirt and more. (To qualify for fundraising prizes, the funds raised must be part of your personal fundraising dollars).