I participated in the Pedaling for Parkinson's in Parry Sound for 2 years. Those two Rides made an incredible impact on me. The feeling of HOPE and COMMUNITY that was always present those two years made my experience in Parry Sound something that I will never forget. When we found out that the Parry Sound Ride was coming to a close it just didn't seem like something that should end, so Krista, my incredible wife, and I decided that we were going to keep it going!
So this is the first year that any of us will be participating in the Pedaling for Parkinson's in Prince Edward County. There will be a couple of changes here and there but that sense of HOPE and COMMUNITY will continue to be the focus of the event.
Yes, we will raise some money, and that is a very important part of the Ride as well, but the incredible feeling of the Ride will certainly continue.
Technically speaking, 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.
That's one of the technical aspects of Parkinson's Disease, but it is more than that. Parkinson's is personal to me. I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease 3 years ago. My Grandmother had Parkinson's Disease. I am trying to make sure that I am the last person in my family, and every family, that has PD. Yes it is a lofty goal and might seem impossible, but I think it was Michael J Fox who said we only can't if we don't. That's where your donations come in: to make what might seem impossible a reality.
Because os the tremendous support of our sponsors, your donation goes directly towards a Pedaling for Parkinson's Research Grant and the Parkinson Canada National Research Program.
Sinc 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 $150,000 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 truly believe that if we just keep going, we will ultimately get there. Thank you very much for your donation.