Man with Parkinson’s disease refuses to give up on dream of sailing
July 18, 2019 || CTV News Toronto

As they prepare to set sail, Steve Van Vlaenderen takes his time.

“Physically, I’m a lot slower on the boat so I’m a lot more cautious,” he tells CTV News Toronto.

That’s because he is living with Parkinson’s disease and his motor skills are deteriorating.

Van Vleanderen was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease back in 2011.

Riding for a cure
July 15, 2019 || Belleville Intelligencer

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY – Cyclists spun their wheels in Prince Edward County this past weekend for a cure at Pedal for Parkinson’s.

Pedal for Parkinson’s is an annual three-day cycling event where participants and donors raise funds to help fight Parkinson’s disease. Since beginning in 2011, the Pedal for Parkinson’s fundraiser originally took place in Parry Sound. Jim Redmond and Krista Simonett have recently taken up the position as the head organizers for the event and 2019 if the first year for it taking place in Prince Edward County.

Michael J Fox Foundation's Big Strides in Parkinson's Research: "We are much closer to finding a cure"
November 13, 2018 || YouAreUNLTD Magazine

As the spotlight-seeking keener he portrayed as Alex P. Keaton on the 1980s sitcom Family Ties, Michael J. Fox seared his boyish good looks and infectious energy into the minds and hearts of millions. Today, the 57-year-old is parlaying his enduring popularity into an even greater role – mobilizing patients and researchers to bring an end to Parkinson’s disease, which affects one in 100 people over age 60.

Lows in Motion 2018 – fond farewell to a major Canadian fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease
November 12, 2018 || Parkinson Canada News

On Saturday, November 3rd, the Lows in Motion organizing committee welcomed yet another sellout crowd to Saskatoon’s Prairieland Park to celebrate its 10th – and final – anniversary.

Lows in Motion’s mission has always been twofold: raise funds to support Parkinson Canada, and shed light on what it means to live with Parkinson’s disease. Founded by Travis Low in honour of his grandfather, more than 9,000 people have attended his fundraiser over the years.

We at Parkinson Canada are honoured to be the chosen donor recipient for this event. Since 2009, Lows in Motion has raised an impressive $650,000 in net proceeds for our organization.
Listen to the video prepared by Joyce Gordon, CEO of Parkinson Canada, to acknowledge the dedication of Travis Low, along with all the volunteers who make it happen!

To view the video, click here.

The Fix – One Peel nursing home took a gamble on fun, life and love.
June 21, 2018 || The Toronto Star

One Peel long-term care home transformed its dementia unit with a radical pilot program. The simple approach threatens to upend the status quo. A 4-part series looking a transformed long-term care home, with a new model for patients with dementia.

Manitobans set sail to raise awareness for Parkinson’s
June 14, 2018 || CTV Manitoba

A pair of Manitobans will be setting sail on the Great Lakes this summer to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s disease.

“Even though there are limitations caused by Parkinson’s it doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dreams and particularly in retirement,” said Darlene Hildebrand, one of the two participants.

Hildebrand and Steve Van Vlaenderen will be sailing from the western-most point of Lake Superior to Sarnia, Ont., this summer. Then next summer they will be continuing their voyage from Sarnia to Montreal.