EVENT: Lap the Gats for Parkinson's
EVENT DATE: Jun 19, 2016
Hello friends and family,
This summer, I’ll be cycling through Gatineau Park to raise money for Parkinson’s research. All funds raised will go to laboratories to support their efforts to understand, and eventually develop effective long-term treatments for this disease.
Parkinson’s is a disease caused by the accelerated death of a particular set of neurons (nerve cells) in the area of the brain called the substantia nigra. These cells produce dopamine, and in the healthy human brain, they die at a very slow rate as we age. In someone affected by Parkinson’s, however, they die much faster. These cells are involved in numerous aspects of our lives, such as regulating our mood and movement coordination. This is why someone suffering from Parkinson’s Disease has difficulty performing tasks that require fine motor skills, such as eating or writing.
Labs that work on Parkinson’s have made phenomenal breakthroughs at the genetic level, but the reason why these cells die faster in Parkinson’s patients continues to elude scientists. With help from caring donors like you, future Parkinson’s patients may someday walk into a hospital with one of the most debilitating neurological diseases known to humankind, and leave as healthy people.
Thank you for your generous support.