Growling Beaver Brevet to support new living well program

Photo of cyclists on a tandem bicycle

The Growling Beaver Brevet, one of Canada’s most celebrated Parkinson’s rides, was hosted in support of Parkinson Canada this year. That partnership was new for the event, and so was the 2020 virtual ride context but what didn’t change is the magic around the ride… something that putting cycling and Parkinson’s together always seems to … Read more

A story of support: Bev Lavender and Jeff Ludlow

Photo of Bev Lavendar and Jeff Ludlow

At first, Bev Lavender thought she might have carpal tunnel syndrome. While working on the computer her hand would freeze and lock. So, Bev saw her doctor who then sent her to a neurologist. During that first visit he did a nerve conduction test, asked a few questions, and though it wasn’t very obvious, diagnosed … Read more

October News and Events

Ending Parkinson’s Disease webinar recording available On October 7, Larry Gifford hosted a webinar featuring the authors of Ending Parkinson’s Disease. In this “must-read” book for anyone in the Parkinson Community, four leading doctors and advocates offer a bold action plan “the PACT” to prevent, care for, and treat Parkinson’s disease – one of the … Read more

About Those SuperHeroes

“We believe ending Parkinson’s is an achievable and worthy mission.”  PD Avengers Inspired by the book Ending Parkinson’s Disease: A Prescription for Action by Drs. Ray Dorsey, Michael Okun, Bas Bloem, and Todd Sherer, a group of leaders found themselves drawn together by the vision of its PACT (Prevent, Advocate, Care, Treat). It was decided that … Read more

What is happening to me?

“My first symptoms started at age 17. My grandfather had Parkinson’s and I never imagined it could happen to me,” says Manon Day of Montreal. She could not have known at the time that it would be 10 painfully long years before she would be diagnosed. In the early stages, Manon had numerous fainting spells. She … Read more

Screening genes to find the cause of Parkinson’s

Researchers trying to find the cause of Parkinson’s disease are placing much of the blame on a prodigious protein called alpha-synuclein. When too much of this protein clumps up in the brain cells that produce dopamine, a brain chemical that helps cells communicate with one another, those critical neurons die, and Parkinson’s results. Researchers don’t … Read more

Understanding a critical protein at the atomic level

Understanding the way proteins interact, with each other and within brain cells, is key to figuring out how Parkinson’s disease begins, and discovering ways to stop or prevent it. At the University of Guelph, Professor Vladimir Ladizhansky, a biophysicist, is interested in the way a protein called alpha-synuclein interacts with cell membranes. He’s using nuclear … Read more

Parkinson Canada SuperWalk – Strength of Spirit – No Matter What

Every September, people living with Parkinson’s and those who care about them, look forward to an annual event where participants can demonstrate their commitment to a world free of Parkinson’s. While this year SuperWalk looked significantly different in how it was executed, what didn’t change was that it reached from coast to coast, from the … Read more