With over 100 walks and virtual walks and more than 575 teams across Canada, people stepped up and stepped out raising more than $2.75 million. That’s a giant step toward identifying the complexities of Parkinson’s disease.
“The Parkinson’s community in Canada proved once again what it can do when they all pull together across the country. Their collective efforts raised funds that will make a difference to people with Parkinson’s today and tomorrow,” said Joyce Gordon, Parkinson Society Canada, President and CEO.
Proceeds from Parkinson SuperWalk funds educational resources, support services and advocacy efforts provided by Parkinson Society Canada and its regional partners across Canada to people living with Parkinson’s coast to coast.
“Parkinson Society Canada was there for me and my mother so that we could be better care givers to my father, especially during his difficult days. I’m glad we can pass this gift on to other families,” said Patricia Peterson, Edmonton, daughter of the late Dr. Frank Peterson.
Event proceeds are also invested in the National Research Program that enables Canadian Parkinson’s scientists to learn more about the causes of Parkinson’s, develop better treatments and seek a cure for this brain disease.
This year, Parkinson Society Canada and its regional partners support 22 new grants, fellowships and student awards. These new awards represent a total of $1,273,879 committed to support new research projects in Canada over the next two years. Including the 13 research awards in their second year, the National Research Program is currently investing $1,758,839.
- 10 Pilot Project Grants
- 3 New Investigator Awards
- 2 Basic Research Fellowships
- 1 Clinical Movement Disorders Fellowship
- 1 Clinical Research Fellowship
- 4 Graduate Student Awards
- 1 psychosocial Doctoral Award
Visit www.parkinsonsuperwalk.ca to see the roster of top fundraisers and top teams online. Kudos to more than 14,000 volunteers, walkers and sponsors for making a difference!