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Dollars at Work


Funds Raised - Where the Dollars Go

Since 1990, Parkinson SuperWalk has raised over $25 million to fund vital research, education, support and advocacy, on behalf of the over 100,000 Canadian’s with Parkinson’s disease and their 400,000 family, friends and caregivers. In 2012, SuperWalk raised $3.24 million. To see your dollars at work, view the Parkinson Society Canada Annual Report (2011 - 2012).

Funds raised support:

Research:
We fund the training of young scientists so there can be more neurologists and neuroscientists in Canada. Parkinson Society Canada has invested more than $18 million in Parkinson’s research, since 1981, granting over 350 studentships, fellowships, grants and new investigator awards. This past year, Parkinson Society Canada through its national research program invested $1.2 million to fund 32 vital research projects. Read about these in Research Highlights (2012-2014).



Education:
Through our education and awareness programs, we help to build a better understanding of Parkinson’s disease and improve the quality of care. Many people with Parkinson’s and their family members choose Parkinson Society Canada as their first stop on the path to information. They want to know: What is Parkinson’s? How will this change my life? Can I still work? What will this mean for my family? How do I care for my mother with Parkinson’s? As the disease progresses, the questions change but the need for timely, accurate information remains constant.  Parkinson Society Canada and 10 regional partners provide credible, up-to-date resources to meet the needs of Canadians living with Parkinson’s.  More information


Support Services:
With 10 regional partners, Parkinson Society Canada is the leading organization offering support to Canadians with or affected by Parkinson’s. We have 240 chapters and support groups across the country providing direct services and counseling to people with Parkinson’s and families in their own communities. Our volunteer-led support groups are safe spaces where people with Parkinson’s and caregivers can exchange ideas, share experiences, learn from guest speakers and from each other helpful strategies for living with the disease. More information


Advocacy:
Parkinson Society Canada is the national voice of Canadians living with Parkinson’s. Our Advocacy initiatives are aimed at achieving policy change at all levels of government – federal, regional, provincial and municipal – and identifying new stakeholders to speak out on behalf of people living with Parkinson’s.

We are building a network of volunteer advocates – one person in each of Canada’s 307 federal ridings – who have made a commitment to communicate to their elected officials.  More information


About Parkinson’s


Parkinson’s disease is a progressive brain disorder. It is the second most prevalent brain disorder in Canada. More than 100,000 Canadians have Parkinson’s disease. Scientists predict that this number will increase dramatically as the population ages. Parkinson’s strikes young and old, men and women in every culture and race.  There is no known cause or cure for Parkinson’s disease.

For more information, view our fact sheet.


Parkinson Society Canada
Parkinson Society Canada has been supporting Canadians living with Parkinson’s since 1965. With a network of regional partners and over 240 chapters and support groups, Parkinson Society Canada is the only Canadian charity organization dedicated to research, education, support and advocacy on behalf of over 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinson’s.

For more information, visit www.parkinson.ca.