In 2011, longtime friends, Peter and David founded a new event, “Pedaling for Parkinson’s”, to raise awareness and research funds for Parkinson’s. Over three days, cyclists pedaled over 100,000 pedal strokes 1 pedal stroke for each Canadian diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Our inspiration was David’s father, diagnosed with Parkinson’s and a close friend/neighbour of Peter’s recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
In 2011, 20 riders participated and over $18,000 was raised.
In 2012, over 70 riders participated and over $54,000 was raised.
In 2013, we eclipsed 100 riders and generated over $95,000!
In 2014, with more than 170 riders over the course of the weekend the event raised more than $160,000!
In 2015, more than 210 riders participated raising over $176,000 for a lifetime total in excess of $500,000!
In 2016, the growth continued with over 250 riders raising more than $200,000. That same year, Peter Istvan was recognized by Peer to Peer Fundraising Canada as the recipient of the Cash, Sweat and Tears Award bestowed upon the top volunteer in the sector.
In 2017, more than 280 riders participated generating over $300,000. This gave Pedaling for Parkinson's the distinction of being the first community fundraising event in Canada to raise over $1 Million for Parkinson Canada.
Planning is underway to run the event again on July 13th-15th, 2017 in Parry Sound, Ontario.
We hope you will consider participating in the Pedaling for Parkinson’s and help make a difference in the lives of people and families affected by Parkinson’s.
Pete and Dave