Summer Solstice Sneaker Challenge raise money for Parkinson’s research

It is said that if you do something for 40 days, it will become a habit.

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Ben Contra, who has been diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease, is joined by members of the Summer Solstice Sneakers Challenge team in running five kilometers on Thursday morning at Southview Park. The group raised $500 for Parkinson’s research by walking at least a mile outdoors for 40 days leading up to the summer solstice, which was Thursday.(PHOTO SUBMITTED)

A local workout class decided to do just that while raising money for Parkinson’s Research. The Summer Solstice Sneaker Challenge held a commitment to run or walk at least one mile outside every day from May 1 to June 21.A group of 10 people completed the challenge which ended on the first day of summer with a 5K run/walk at Southview Park. 

One of the participants in the challenge was Ben Contra, who was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease nearly a decade ago. Only 46, Mr. Contra was among the 10 to 20 percent of people with Parkinson’s who fall into the category of early-onset.

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