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DONATE TO THE CAUSE

There are many good organizations and charities across Canada that are supporting people living with Parkinson’s and their families.  Below is a list of our Partner Charities.
We appreciate all contributions (and so do the organizations!) and thank you for your support.

A portion of the funds raised in each province will be dedicated to supporting partner charities organizations within the respective province. These funds will assist in delivering programs and services to help Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease.

The lead charity funding our ride is U-Turn Parkinson’s. Please donate here to fund our ride and Parkinson’s Charities and Originations across Canada.

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British Columbia

Parkinson's Wellness Projects

Parkinson Wellness Projects (PWP) is a non-profit wellness centre on Vancouver Island for people with Parkinson’s and their families to exercise, connect, and be supported. Services include one-on-one assessments, evidence-based fitness classes, counselling, support groups, and educational talks. For support on your Parkinson’s journey, contact PWP at info@parkinsonwellness.ca or 250-360-6800.

Manitoba

U-Turn Parkinson's

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U-Turn Parkinson’s is an in-person and online wellness center for people living with Parkinson’s disease. The charity was founded in 2016 by Tim Hague Sr, winner of the inaugural season of The Amazing Race Canada and person with Parkinson’s disease. Our mission is to empower individuals living with Parkinson’s in their pursuit of wellness. We do this through our free of charge wellness classes, support groups and community. With a wide variety of programming, such as non-contact boxing, cycling, power stretch and more, there is something for everyone to be encouraged in their pursuit of wellness. Get involved today at www.uturnparkinsons.org!

Ontario

Passion for Parkinson's Foundation

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The Passion for Parkinson’s Foundation is a registered charity that focuses on fundraising to support and enhance the lives of individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease.  In cooperation with community partners and certified instructions it delivers free arts and exercise programs that help manage the physical, cognitive and social conditions associated with Parkinson’s.

Living Better with Parkinson's

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Living Better with Parkinson’s is a non-profit organization supporting people living with PD, their caregiver, family members and the medical community in south Georgian Bay.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Parkinson Society Newfoundland and Labrador
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If you wish to help in a non-financial way, consider becoming a PD Avenger!

Parkinson’s Disease is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world. PD Avengers believe in a “Think Global, Act Local” approach to advocacy. Our vision is to end Parkinson’s. We are a global alliance of people with Parkinson’s, our partners and friends, standing together to demand change in how the disease is seen and treated.

https://www.pdavengers.com/

Why We Are Doing it

You have probably heard of Parkinson’s Disease. You may even know people who suffer from it.  Get used to it, as Parkinson’s Disease is the world’s fastest growing neurological condition, set to double in number by 2040.

Parkinson’s Disease occurs when the brain’s dopamine-producing cells die prematurely. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter necessary for many functions of the brain and body, including muscular control, and its loss affects all forms of movement and balance, as well as non-motor functions such as memory, concentration and motivation.  Think of dopamine as the electricity in an electric car: without it, the lights dim and the wheels stop spinning.

There is currently no cure, no bio-markers to aid detection, and little is known about how it is triggered, except that Canadians are disproportionately afflicted

Most people living with Parkinson’s reduce or even discontinue regular intensive physical activity after their Parkinson’s diagnosis.  Why?  Their actual skills and abilities do not suddenly evaporate on the date of their diagnosis, though their mental fortitude often does.  As a result, many abandon the very restorative health practices, such as regular exercise, when they are needed the most.  For people with Parkinson’s, intensive exercise can boost energy, sharpen the mind, elevate spirits and keep the body mobile.  Studies indicate that intense exercise can help train the Parkinson’s afflicted brain to use dopamine more efficiently and be able to do more with less.

Let’s use the dopamine we have to build the lives we want.

What are We Doing

Canada is a big country.  It is home to over 100,000 people living with Parkinson’s disease, 9 in 10 of which suffer in silence, isolation, or without the support of a knowledgeable organization or community.  Starting in June 2022, we aim to cross our big country by bicycle to meet as many of these people as possible to personally deliver this message: get moving to stay moving.  

We start In Victoria, British Columbia and ride east through every Canadian province, and hundreds of cities and towns along the way.  Our route is approximately 8,000 km, and we expect to average 125 km a day, six days a week for approximately three months.  Our Spinning Wheels Tour team will include two riders with Parkinson’s Disease, as well as two ride-along supporters to keep things moving.  Along the way, we will be meeting with people whose lives are touched by Parkinson’s, and encourage them to get moving with us, get engaged in support communities, and to set up their own group athletics.

We are not athletes, just people with the resolve to do what it takes to live well with this disease, and to encourage others..  

Along the way, we hope to hear these words, “If they can do it, I can too.”