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When my brother Doug was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease 13 years ago at age 40, this cause became near to my heart and ultimately led me to became an active Committee member with Porridge for Parkinson’s (Toronto) in 2009.
Every two years, in early November, we host a fundraising event with a community of donors, inspiring guest speakers and a silent auction. With the magic of this years' celebrity chefs - Jamie Kennedy, Donna Dooher, Joanne Yolles, Jen Cerny, Noni Castonguay, Sandra Katsiou, and Joshna Maharaj, John Horne and Jonathan Goodyear - over 300 guests will be treated to a memorable brunch, while helping to fund innovative research for better treatments and ultimately, a cure.
Since 2004, our dedicated group of volunteers have raised over $775,000. This year, we are proud to support the work of Dr. Tony Lang at the Edmond J. Safra Program in PD at the Krembil Brain Institute, Toronto Western Hospital, UHN. An internationally renowned researcher for his work around the condition, Dr. Lang and his team are working to solve the 'Parkinson puzzle' at many levels, including understanding the cause(s), improving accuracy of diagnosis, and slowing the progression, while treating later stages more effectively.
One of Dr. Lang's recent studies investigates ways that caffeine may be a potential treatment for PD... Although this research cannot come fast enough to help my brother, I believe that it can help pave the way for researchers to discover an early diagnosis or cure for our children, our partners, ourselves and the thousands of individuals soon-to-be diagnosed with the progressive disease.
If you're able to attend, that would be great!! Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at www.porridgeforparkinsons.org. If you're unable to join us in person I hope you consider making a donation. Any amount is appreciated.
If you know someone who would be interested in attending or donating to the event, please forward them a link to this page. Alternatively, email me to contact them directly.
Many, many thanks,
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