What is the Virtual Skate-a-thon Event?
This year, the Skate-a-thon for Parkinson's will take place virtually to ensure the safety of our community and go statewide!
The Virtual Skate-a-thon Event will take place from Friday, April 30th- Saturday, May 1st on Zoom.
It will include a variety of virtual games, education, and Parkinson's demos over the 2-day event such as:
and much more! See the full event agenda below.
We are so excited that we are still able to host the event and that our friends from across Nebraska will be able to join us for the first time!
Join the Skate-a-thon Campaign!
The Skate-a-thon Campaign is a peer-to-peer campaign to raise money for our mission and increase the impact of the Skate-a-thon Virtual Event.
Anyone can create a fundraising page & help support the Parkinson's community- from anywhere in Nebraska!
The campaign will be live throughout the month of April until Friday, May 7th- plenty of time to make your impact & help us reach our goal!
The Impact of the Skate-a-thon
This year marks 13 consecutive years the Skate-a-thon has impacted the Parkinson’s community! The event was started in 2008 by the founder of Parkinson’s Nebraska, Colleen Wuebben, and her husband Ted. The first Skate-a-thon took place in their home, where they flooded their backyard to make an ice rink and raised money for specialized Parkinson’s exercises classes. Over the years, the event has raised over $244,000 to support the Parkinson’s community!
Because of you, we have been able to...
Connect people with Parkinson’s and their families to specialized exercise classes, support groups, and education.
Provide professionals with information and scholarships to attend Parkinson’s trainings.
Develop resources to provide grants for Parkinson’s-specific programming in Nebraska.
Provide statewide programs, like the Parkinson’s Nebraska Support Group and Education Series.
Engage with community leaders to identify needs and provide resources to strengthen local communities.
We're raising more than money.
This year the Skate-a-thon is taking place in April - Parkinson's Awareness Month - and we also want to raise awareness about Parkinson's disease, early symptoms, and the importance of early diagnosis.
Did you know?
Did you know that some studies have shown that by the time motor symptoms like tremors, slowness of movement, and problems with balance are present, there is already a 30-50% loss of dopamine in the brain?
Non-motor symptoms can appear much earlier and years before a Parkinson's diagnosis. Below are some of the early non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease:
See your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment can improve quality of life. Learn more about the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease from our friends at the Davis Phinney Foundation here.
Knowing these symptoms and early diagnosis are key to living well with Parkinson's.
Create a Campaign
Create a Skate-a-thon page to fundraise for us.
Register for the Virtual Event
Tune in to the 2-day Virtual Skate-a-thon Event.
Single Axel Sponsors- $1,000
Toe Loop Sponsors- $500
Waltz Jump Sponsors
Special thanks to:
Michele Ruskamp, MS, CCC-SLP | Dee Brauninger
Anne Johnson | The Parkinson's Nebraska Board
Express Your Image | Country Kickers | Kyle Hall
Parkinson’s Nebraska is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s and their families living in Nebraska. We are able to achieve our mission through the Three Pillars of Building Strong Parkinson's Communities:
Thank you for your donation to the Skate-a-thon!
Thank you so much for your generous gift to the Skate-a-thon for Parkinson's. Your support means so much to us and to people with Parkinson's across Nebraska. Because of you we are able to continue spreading awareness and support the development of Parkinson's programs across the state.
You truly do make an impact on our community.