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NICHOLAS MERCER: Ontario wants those with Parkinson's Disease to keep moving

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Walter Reich has never been one to back down from a challenge.

The 72-year-old Magnetawon, Ontario native has always been keen to push his limits and discover pieces of himself along the way.

It's part of the reason Reich was in Newfoundland and Labrador recently.

Accompanied by his wife Regula and a small support team, Reich left British Columbia in April bound for St. John’s on a fundraising tour. It was on April 12, the same day Terry Fox left St. John’s on his journey.

Originally, the trip was supposed to be a cross-country RV trip, but Reich got to B.C. and decided why not turn it into a bike ride instead.

He wanted to ride for a cause and help raise some funds for a group. Regula had family members who were diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and Reich decided that would be the way to go.

“I’ve met a few Parkinson’s groups along the way and I want to show them support,” he said, minutes after arriving in Gander on Sept. 30. "I’m trying to help in any way I can.”........

© The Western Star