In 2011, my uncle Peter and his longtime friend (David) co-founded, “Pedaling for Parkinson’s”. Over three days, they cycled more than 100,000 pedal strokes – 1 pedal stroke for each Canadian diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Their inspiration came from David’s father and a very close friend of my uncle’s, both diagnosed with Parkinson’s. The event was a great success, raising almost $18,000 in its first year.
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 funrdaiser 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 committment to fund a new Pilot Project Grant through the Parkinson Canada Research Program until 2027.
I will be riding in this year’s event over the July 13-15 weekend in Parry Sound, and the goal is to raise $500,000.
2018 marks the last year for Pedaling for Parkinson’s in Parry Sound, and we hope you will join us in sending Pedaling for Parkinson’s in Parry Sound out with a bang, and in continuing its legacy of making a difference in the lives of people and families affected by Parkinson’s.