Hosted by HSHS St. Anthony’s Physical Rehabilitation and Wellness at Workman’s Sports and Wellness Complex

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — HSHS St. Anthony’s Physical Rehabilitation and Wellness invites the community to lace up their sneakers and join them in raising awareness and support for those living with Parkinson’s disease on Saturday, May 4.

Being held at the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Complex, this second annual walk is for everyone in the community of any age to come out and support those with Parkinson’s disease. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and include the walk alongside kids’ activities such as temporary tattoos, face painting, bubbles and sidewalk chalk, as well as a free luncheon provided by HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital.

There is no registration fee but donations are appreciated, with proceeds supporting local community members who have Parkinson’s disease. HSHS St. Anthony’s Rehabilitation and Wellness will use donations raised to purchase a new piece of technology specifically to help those with balance issues and help prevent falls for those with Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, donations will go towards MyMemoryWorx, led by Kelly Willenborg. MyMemoryWorx helps provide resources and classes for those with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.

Online registration is now open and strongly encouraged.Those who register by April 17 will receive a t-shirt on the day of the event, although day-of registration will be available. Each member of your family participating will need to register. To register and find out more, visit eventbrite.comand search “Walk to End Parkinson’s” in the Effingham area.

Jessica Mottashed, HSHS St. Anthony’s physical therapist, shared why she and her colleagues wanted to host this event again. She said “Our rehabilitation team has a strong passion for treating those in our community with Parkinson’s disease and have pursued special training in this field. The equipment we will purchase with the donations will be of a huge benefit for our patients with balance deficits,” she explained. “I look forward to this event bringing our community together to support those with Parkinson’s disease and their families.”

HSHS St. Anthony’s Physical Rehabilitation and Wellness has a specialized team that treats and supports patients with Parkinson’s disease. Nine members of St. Anthony’s physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy team have completed specialized and individualized training for LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD treatments that help people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions address walking, balance and other activities of daily living (LSVT BIG) and with their speech (LSVT LOUD).

For questions or more information about the Walk to End Parkinson’s event, contact Jessica Mottashed at

Bring your friends, neighbors, family, strollers and dogs to enjoy this fun and encouraging event. Register now at on or visit and go to the Classes and Events page and select the Walk to End Parkinson’s event for registration details.


About Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS)

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is a Catholic health care ministry founded in 1875. Dedicated to our Mission to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through high-quality Franciscan health care, HSHS clinicians provide exceptional care centered on the whole person. Based in Springfield, Illinois, HSHS employs more than 11,000 colleagues who provide care in 13 acute-care, children’s and critical-access hospitals and home health and hospice programs in Central and Southern Illinois and Eastern Wisconsin. HSHS is aligned with more than 1,000 primary and specialty physicians and advanced practitioners through its owned affiliates HSHS Medical Group and Prairie Cardiovascularand its partnership with Prevea Health. For more information about HSHS, visit