Gerry Suffolk shaved his beard off for the first time in 50 years to support the Parkinson’s SuperWalk.

Walking and shaving for Parkinson’s research

Campbell River’s Gerry Suffolk had his beard shaved off for the first time in 50 years

Campbell Riverites hit the pavement last weekend to fight the battle against Parkinson’s disease.

A total of 25 people participated in last Sunday’s Parkinson SuperWalk – a three kilometre walk along the Sea Walk from the Willow Point Hall to the Simms Creek pump house.

The event raised $3,700.

On the Wednesday prior to the walk, Campbell River’s Gerry Suffolk had his beard shaved off for the first time in 50 years to help raise money for Parkinson’s research.

Since 1990, the Parkinson SuperWalk has raised more than $22.8 million nationally to fund vital research, education, support services and advocacy to more than 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease and their families.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that is life threatening. It affects more than 11,000 British Columbians and causes involuntary movement, including shaking and trembling. It also affects speech, the ability to swallow, and other routine tasks.