Pedaling for Parkinson's

Pedaling for Parkinson’s is an annual fundraiser for Parkinson Canada, an important and ever-expanding resource for Canadians living with Parkinson’s and their care partners.

Pedaling for Parkinson’s

Pedaling for Parkinson’s invites cyclists to gear up for Parkinson’s and ride toward progress. When you join Pedaling for Parkinson’s, you fuel the work of Parkinson Canada by funding research, providing care, and creating resources, news, and events that transform the lives of people touched by Parkinson's. Since its inception in 2011, Pedaling for Parkinson’s has raised more than $2 million to support the Parkinson’s community.

Together, we have an immense impact on the research being done, the services being offered, and the people being supported every day.

Go the Distance

Go the Distance was developed during the pandemic when we were unable to host in-person events. It was an opportunity for the Parkinson’s community to host their own events, or ride on their own. Even though our in-person rides are back, we continue to offer Go the Distance as the ‘virtual’ option for cyclists that would like to fundraise for Pedaling for Parkinson’s but don’t have an in-person ride in their area or would like to do their own ride on their own time.

Registering online as a virtual cyclist through our Go the Distance ride gives you all the same access to fundraising tools, resources, and rewards as an in-person event, as well as the support of our team. You can ride as an individual or gather your friends and family for a small community ride.

We encourage riders to set meaningful distance and fundraising targets and know that in doing so they are joining riders across the country that are committed in their vision of a world without Parkinson's.

Some targeted goals:

  • 30KM in honour of 30 Canadians diagnosed with Parkinson’s every day
  • 100KM in honour of the (more than) 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinson’s
  • 900KM total in one month, in honour of 30 Canadians diagnosed every day
  • Your Own Goal. Set a distance target meaningful to you, from 1KM to 1,000.

Parkinson Canada

More than 100,000 Canadians live with Parkinson’s, a number expected to increase substantially in the coming years, with 30 Canadians diagnosed each day. At Parkinson Canada, people with Parkinson’s are at the centre of everything we do. Parkinson Canada funds critical research, provides information and support, increases awareness and advocates for improved healthcare outcomes for people with Parkinson's across Canada. With the support of our sponsors, partners and the Parkinson’s community, we continue to invest in research dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for all people affected by Parkinson’s. 

Programs and Services

Parkinson Canada supports Canadians throughout all stages of their Parkinson journey. Every year, Parkinson Canada’s programs and services reach nearly 10,000 Canadians living with Parkinson’s and their care partners. They connect with our team for information and referral services where they receive free and confidential non-medical support. We also offer more than 120 support groups led by volunteer facilitators in communities across the country.

  • In 2022, the support of the Parkinson Community helped get the Canadian Edition of Every Victory Counts© manual into the hands of Canadians, free of charge. Today, more than 2,000 Canadians have benefited from this resource, filled with essential information to help people with Parkinson’s.
  • Parkinson Canada delivered free webinars nationwide to more than 10,000 people. These webinars cover every topic from cutting-edge Parkinson's research updates, to exercise tips and mental health support.
Research and Innovation

At Parkinson Canada, we bring together researchers to cultivate and support the most leading-edge science. Canada is home to some of the world’s leading Parkinson’s researchers.

Since 1981, we have funded innovative research including discovery-stage science, fellowships for Movement Disorder Specialists, and training the next generation of Parkinson’s research leaders. We are proud to have invested in the next generation of researchers and clinicians, many who have continued in the field determined to further our understanding of the disease as well as the care management of people living with Parkinson’s.

  • In 2019, Parkinson Canada co-founded the Canadian Open Parkinson Network (C-OPN) with Brain Canada. This network aims to accelerate Parkinson’s research breakthroughs. We have clinical sites across the country, and we will continue expanding to reach additional communities and researchers across Canada. We currently have sites in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, LÚvis and Quebec City.
  • This past year, approximately $1.4 million in research grants and awards were given to scientists to support their research and career in finding new treatments and a cure.
Advocacy

Parkinson Canada is committed to raising the voice of people affected by Parkinson’s to advance solutions toward improved care and quality of life. Our community initiatives raise awareness for much needed programs and services for the Parkinson community.

  • Parkinson Canada embarked on an initiative to influence the government to increase the funds transferred to provinces and territories for healthcare. In early 2023, the federal government announced that they would increase funding by $46 billion. Parkinson Canada will ensure that the funds reach the Parkinson’s community, resulting in reduced wait times for treatment and diagnosis.
  • In 2022, Parkinson Canada influenced the government to expedite the Age Well at Home Benefit, which provides support for those wishing to stay in their homes. Bill C-22, which provides financial support to those living with a disability, was approved by the House of Common and is being debated at the Senate. These benefits will ensure our community is adequately supported.
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