SEASIDE — A Seaside team raised awareness and more than $2,600 for the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation during the fundraising event “Strolling in Seaside.”.
Led by captain Tina Sawyer, a Seaside resident, and her loyal companion, Anniken Sawyer, a 2-year-old cockapoo, the group walked along the Promenade from Avenue U to the Seaside Aquarium. The event in late July was an extension of the foundation’s second annual “Walk in the Park,” held the same day in Seattle. People with Parkinson’s disease, care partners, professionals and friends walked a 2-mile course at Magnuson Park to raise awareness and funds.
While they could not physically attend the Seattle walk, about a dozen people and four canine participants participated in the Strolling in Seaside event.
Sawyer organized the local fundraiser. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease about 10 years ago and has since become an advocate for research, education and support services, which are offered through the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.
Others who joined Sawyer for the walk had been similarly affected by the disease. Jenny Becker, owner of B. Boutique on Broadway, said the issue was “real near and dear” to her heart. Her father, Dan Mackey, a longtime employee of Windermere in Cannon Beach, died five years ago. His struggle with the disease “affected our family in a deep way,” she said.
“It’s just a blessing for me to find out about this and be here and honor my dad,” Becker said.