THANK YOU to everyone who came out to celebrate at the wrap party at Steamwhistle. What a phenomenal, fun-filled evening.
We are finalizing the numbers from the live and silent auctions and will be publishing a fundraising update when the tally is in! However, donations are still open. To support, donate here and help us make this the largest Parkinson’s fundraising project in history.
WORDS FROM 500 MILES HONORARY PATRON, WAYNE GRETZKY:
In the spring of 2016, Harry McMurtry will walk from New York City to his hometown, Toronto, to raise money for Parkinson’s research. He will be accompanied on the walk by Sue Thompson of Toronto and Dr. Ross Sugar of Baltimore, MD. As Harry, Sue and Ross all have Parkinson’s disease, walking up to 15 miles a day for 45 days is a tremendous challenge and one that makes this event a much bigger story about the disease itself. The walk will be bookended by two other events – a launch event in New York City and a wrap event in Toronto. The walk is intended to bridge two great cities and two great countries in an effort to fight – and bring awareness to – a common foe, namely, Parkinson’s disease.
The financial goal of 500 Miles for Parkinson’s is to raise $500,000 for Parkinson’s research. The proceeds will be pooled and divided amongst three beneficiaries:
- The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
- Morton and Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Centre and The Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson’s Disease at the Toronto Western Hospital (led by Dr. Anthony Lang)
- Mount Sinai Beth Israel Movement Disorders Center in New York (led by Dr. Susan Bressman)