Parkinson Canada

Over twenty years ago, Joyce Baretto’s mother, Lena, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. When her family looked for information about the disease, they found something they weren’t expecting.

They found a community, a family.

“It is interesting once you have a diagnosis how many people you will come across who have the same.”
-Joyce Barretto, Lena’s Daughter

All those living with and affected by Parkinson's disease make up the heart of our Parkinson’s Family. For #GivingTuesdayCA this year, we want to share how your donations are multiplied again and again across our entire community.

“A little bit of money can go a lot further if people are talking to each other,
sharing the research, sharing the information.”
-Joyce Barretto

This sharing is at the heart of what we do. It is why every time you support research or treatment that support spreads out in a ripple effect across the country.

And from now until the end of the year, that ripple will be even more dramatic. Because every dollar you give will be tripled by an anonymous donor. This is an unbelievably generous offering for which we are so thankful.

Lena’s story of her relentless drive to live-well with Parkinson’s also applies to the sense of community and connection that we are building through #MyParkinsonFamily. As for Lena, she demonstrates a generosity of her own as she continues to lead three generations of her own family.

 “Open conversations - Parkinson Canada is very good at bringing people together. It’s got credibility - that voice is speaking from experience – and when it is heartfelt and sincere and authentic – that gets heard.”
-Joyce Barretto

Donate now