Man with Parkinson’s disease refuses to give up on dream of sailing

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

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 … Read More

Manitobans set sail to raise awareness for Parkinson’s

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 … Read More

Former ballerina uses dance to help Parkinson's patients

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