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Dollars at Work

Funds Raised - Where the Dollars Go

Since 1990, Parkinson SuperWalk has raised more than $34 million to fund education, support, vital research, and advocacy, on behalf of Canadian’s with Parkinson’s disease and their families, friends and caregivers. In 2016, with support from generous participants like you, SuperWalk raised $2.15 million.

Funds raised support:

Research:

We fund the training of young scientists so there can be more neurologists and neuroscientists in Canada. Since 1981, Parkinson Canada has invested more than $26 million in through the Parkinson Canada Research Program, funding:

  • High-quality, innovative Canadian research by established and promising investigators.
  • Discovery stage research where investigators test new theories and pursue promising new leads. Researchers at the beginning of their careers in order to foster the next generation of Parkinson’s scientists.
  • Novel research to build greater capacity, promote creativity and engage more researchers.
  • More than 503 awards, fellowships, and grants that teach us more about diagnosing and treating Parkinson’s disease.

Learn more, and hear thanks, from the researchers themselves.


Education:

Many people with Parkinson’s and their family members choose Parkinson Canada as their first stop on the path to better understanding this life-changing disease. They want to know: What is Parkinson’s? How will this affect me and my family? Can I still work? How do I care for my mother with Parkinson’s? I am feeling depressed; is this normal? As the disease progresses, the questions change but the need for timely, accurate information remains constant. Through our education and awareness programs, we help to build a better understanding of Parkinson’s disease and improve the quality of life. Parkinson Canada provides credible, up-to-date resources to meet the needs of Canadians living with Parkinson's, and the health professionals that treat them. More information

Support Services:

Parkinson Canada is a leader in supporting Canadians with, and affected by, Parkinson's. We have chapters and support groups across the country that provide direct services and counseling to people with Parkinson’s and families in their own communities, as well as virtual support via the website at www.parkinson.ca. Volunteer-led support groups are safe spaces where participants learn from each other and from guest speakers. People with Parkinson’s and caregivers can exchange ideas, share experiences, and gain helpful strategies for living with the disease. Contact us and call our toll-free referral line for more information

Advocacy:

Parkinson Canada is the national voice of Canadians living with Parkinson’s. Our advocacy initiatives are aimed at achieving policy change at all levels of government federal, regional, provincial and municipal and identifying new stakeholders to speak out on behalf of people living with Parkinson’s.

 

We are building a network of volunteer advocates called Parkinson’s Ambassadors with a goal to identify one person in each of Canada’s 307 federal ridings who will make a commitment to communicate to their elected officials. More information

 

About Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative brain disorder. It is the second most prevalent brain disorder in Canada. More than 25 Canadians are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every day. By 2031, Canada’s Parkinson’s population is expected to double. Parkinson’s strikes young and old, men and women in every culture and race. There are no lab tests that can diagnose Parkinson’s. There is no single cause or known cure for Parkinson’s disease.

 

For more information, download (Microsoft Word) our fact sheet.


About Parkinson Canada

Parkinson Canada is the national voice of Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease. From diagnosis to discovery, since 1965 the organization provides education, advocacy and support services to individuals and health care professionals in communities coast to coast. The Parkinson Canada Research Program funds innovative research to search for better treatments and a cure. Parkinson Canada is an accredited organization under the Imagine Canada Standards Program. For information and support near you, contact 1-800-565-3000, email info@parkinson.ca or visit us online at www.parkinson.ca. Health professionals visit www.ParkinsonClinicalGuidelines.ca.