Support 43 Old Men for Parkinson SuperWalk
"Parkinson's is perceived to be a disease of old men. And nobody cares about old men."
I am walking for 43 Old Men.
My Dad, Jim Hobbs, was my everyday hero, who persevered no matter what. He faced his Parkinson's with the same grit and determination that he did with all obstacles in his life, until his death on May 24, 2017.
Jim worked as an underground miner in Elliot Lake, Ontario, and he was one of tens of thousands of mine workers in Canada and around the world who was required by his employer to inhale finely ground aluminum dust known as McIntyre Powder prior to each work shift, on the unproven theory that it would prevent silicosis. It did not.
The long-term health effects of McIntyre Powder exposure are unknown, and I question if it was a factor in the development of Dad's Parkinson's. Following a year of research, I founded the McIntyre Powder Project in 2015 and created a voluntary registry to document health issues in miners exposed to McIntyre Powder. Of the first 490 miners who registered, 43 have/had Parkinson's. 43 old men.
If 100,000 of us raise $43 ($1 for each man), it will total $4.3 million for Parkinson Canada. THANK YOU for caring about 43 old men.
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