April – Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Passion for Parkinson’s Foundation’s is dedicating the Month of April to raising awareness for Parkinson’s Disease.
Parkinson’s Awareness Month is an opportunity to engage the public in expanding their understanding of Parkinson’s, and the profound effects it has on the lives of over 110,000 Canadians living with Parkinson’s.
Light up Canada for World Parkinson’s Day
The Passion for Parkinson’s Foundation’s “Light up Canada for World Parkinson’s Day” campaign on April 11 is an effort to raise awareness about Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and ways to make lives better for people with PD. Several cities across the country will light up buildings, bridges, towers and waterfalls in red to acknowledge this important day.
Some of the landmarks include Mississauga City Hall, the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, the Peace Bridge, the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, the Canada Place Sails of Light on Vancouver’s waterfront, and more.
These are the Provinces, Cities, Sites and Dates
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|Red Deer||City Hall||11|
|Edmonton||Light the Bridge||22|
|Vancouver||Burrard Street Bridge||11|
|Vancouver||Sails of Flight||11|
|Coquitlam||Foundation at Lafarge Lake||11|
|Winnipeg||Esplanade Riel Bridge||11|
|Fredericton||City Hall||1 and 2nd|
|Brampton||Tower City Hall||11|
|Bellville||Bellville Sign||26 – 30th|
|Bellville||Bridge||26 – 30th|
|Bellville||Fire Station||26 – 30th|
|Fort Erie||Peace Bridge||11|
|Kingston||Springer Square Market||11|
|London||London City Hall||11|
|London||JA Taylor Building – Wellington and Dundas||11|
|London||RBC Place London||11|
|London||Sifton Properties -Dufferin||11|
|Mississauga||City Hall 5.||11|
|Mississauga||Port Credit Lighthouse||11|
|Niagara Falls||The Falls – 10:45 pm||11|
|Montreal||The Olympic Park||11|
|Moose Jaw||City Hall Tower Clock||11|
Stand up to Parkinson’s
The PD Avengers and a global coalition of organizations have banded together to mark World Parkinson’s Day and are challenging people with Parkinson’s and their supporters, worldwide, to complete one million combined sit to stands.
Sit-to-Stand Challenge at Toronto City Hall
Rick Suvanto was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2019 at age 57. He has been active in the Parkinson’s community and cycling with the Rigid Riders. Rick knows the importance of exercise for Parkinson’s. On April 11, – World Parkinson’s Day, Rick has organized the Sit-to-Stand Challenge at Toronto City Hall.
The Foundation will be joining Rick and other supporters of the Parkinson community and others around the world for a worldwide Sit-to-Stand Challenge at Nathan Phillips Square – from 12:00 until 2:00 pm.
Why sit-to-stands? Sitting and standing is something we all do each day. For people with Parkinson’s, balance can be something that is lost over time. Sit-to-stands recruit and engage stability muscles which can increase mobility, independence and improve balance.
Our goal is to complete 100,000 sit-to-stands representing the number of people living with Parkinson’s disease in the Canada.
Let’s make this April 11th World Parkinson’s Day the day where we are seen and heard and let people know the reality of living with Parkinson’s.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parkinson’s in the Park™
Saturday, April 29, 2023 (2:00 – 4:00pm)
Passion for Parkinson’s and Dancing with Parkinson’s are hosting an outdoor exercise class featuring ½ hour of dance and ½ of Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery Moves.
This is a family affair to raise awareness… come join in the fun. Details to follow
Passion for Parkinson’s has submitted requests to municipalities throughout Canada for the issue of proclamations to acknowledege April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month. A proclamation is an official declaration issued by an authority in government.
Here is a list of the authorities that have issued proclamations for 2023:
City of Toronto, Ontario
Town of Whitby, Ontario
Town of Milton, Ontario
City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
City of Edmonton, Alberta
This can be as simple as sharing one of our social media posts, or a picture of yourself attending a program or the Light Up Canada event on , April 11. Attend our by sharing on social media, you help us reach more people and spread more awareness about this important month!