Pedaling For Parkinson’s – Lanny’s Reasons to Ride

Photo of Lanny Thomas

Lanny Thomas’ positivity and drive shine through within minutes of meeting him — it’s no surprise he was the top fundraiser taking part in Pedaling for Parkinson’s in 2020. We caught up with Lanny recently as he continues to train for this year’s 40-kilometre fundraising ride in beautiful Prince Edward County. Lanny was diagnosed in … Read more

How data sharing can drive innovation

Photo of Dr. Martin McKeown

By Krista Lamb As the director of the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Martin McKeown is investigating new treatments and interventions to help people with Parkinson’s and related disorders. With a background in engineering, much of his work looks at how to use technologies in this research, including through … Read more

July Events and Updates

Online Art Exhibit – Save the Date! As part of our Summer of Living Well initiative, we are excited to announce the Parkinson Canada Online Art Exhibit, featuring art by people living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Visual art is a wonderful way to connect with your creativity and is proven to contribute to wellness … Read more

Daughters biking to make a difference

Leah Paukstaitis and Claire Dreidger

Leah Paukstaitis and Claire Dreidger have a lot in common. They’ve been friends for many years, are both first year college students, and enjoy an active lifestyle. In 2018, after years of enjoying each other’s company, they found new common ground. Leah’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s that year, while Claire’s father has been living … Read more

“Thanks to deep brain stimulation, I got my husband back.”

Sadia Bacchus (right) and her husband Manzil (left)

Sadia Bacchus and her husband Manzil have been married for 43 years, meeting shortly after his migration from Guyana to Canada. On that 43-year journey, they have raised a growing family together and have celebrated many joys while overcoming challenges. Adjusting to Manzil’s 2008 diagnosis of Parkinson’s was one such challenge. This past fall, preparing … Read more