This summer I am taking part in Pedaling for Parkinson's - a cycling event that was created to raise awareness about Parkinson's and raise funds for research.
Thanks to the support of our sponsors, your donation dollars go directly towards a Pedaling for Parkinson’s Research Grant and the Parkinson Canada National Research Program.
Since 2011, Pedaling for Parkinson's has generated over $1,000,000 in support of the Pedaling for Parkinson's Research Grant. You are supporting the largest annual single site fundraiser for Parkinson Canada. This year, the fundraising target is $500,000 as we look to influence the course of Parkinson's research in Canada. Reaching this goal will ensure that the legacy of Pedaling for Parkinson’s lives on through a commitment to fund a new Pilot Project Grant through the Parkinson Canada Research Program until 2027.
The proceeds from the event have led to the support of 12 specific grant recipients through Parkinson Canada and has contributed to the support of other researchers in the program as well. Your support of last year's ride is currently funding four projects.
Parkinson's is a neurodegenerative disease. Movement is normally controlled by dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain. When cells that normally produce dopamine die, the symptoms of Parkinson's appear. Currently, there is no cure.
With your support we can help Parkinson Canada realize their vision of a better life today for Canadians living with Parkinson's; a world without Parkinson's tomorrow.