First of all, I hope everybody reading this is healthy and happy (and that goes for your family as well). Pedaling for Parkinson's in PEC has had to undergo some changes this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the one thing that hasn't changed is the Cause to end Parkinson's Disease still remains and I am asking for your help.
This year you are able to do your ride anywhere you choose, and I sincerely hope that all of you get out there on your bikes and Pedal for Parkinson Canada! I will be doing my ride in Milford (along with a few friends) on August 29th. It will be a very fun ride indeed but, make no mistake, every pedal turn will go towards making the lives of those people, like myself, live better with Parkinson's Disease.
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. 25 people each day are diagnosed with Parkinson's in Canada. Currently, there is no cure. That needs to change.
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 4 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 of 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 fundraiser for Parkinson Canada. Last year, we were able to raise just over $120,000! This year, the fundraising is still incredibly important but we understand the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you are able to give something that would be amazing and the money, as always, would go 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.
I truly believe that if we just keep going, we will ultimately get there. Thank you very much for your donation.