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.
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!
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.
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.
When professional ballerina Rachel Bar hung up her pointe shoes, she became a scientist who focuses on pioneering ways to improve the lives of those with dementia or Parkinson’s disease through dance. Download a PDF of the article
Parkinson’s disease was first identified in 1817 by British doctor James Parkinson, who described various symptoms of what was then called the “shaking palsy.”
More than 200 years later, there’s still no cure, but researchers are making progress in a number of areas, looking at the causes of the disease, improving patients’ quality of life, and hoping for an eventual cure.
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Depuis 1965, Parkinson Canada offre des services de soutien et d’éducation aux personnes atteintes de la maladie de Parkinson, à leurs familles et aux professionnels de la santé qui les traitent. Nous défendons les intérêts de la communauté Parkinson au Canada, et nous finançons généreusement la recherche novatrice pour trouver de meilleurs traitements, notamment un traitement curatif.
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