Claudio Gambetti

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A colourful man - Henry Gross !

My Dad was an amazing man, intelligent, joyful and colourful. He enjoyed life fully and was extremely athletic and when he was 50, he literally ran circles around me as I trained for university football.
 
Unfortunately, one day at the doctor he was told he would gradually lose control of all his muscles, because he had Parkinson’s and only had 3 years to live.
 
Fortunately, dad was also a fighter and someone who did not give up easily, or some may say stubborn.  He did not give up and fought every step of the way.  When he started falling, he simply covered the bruises so that the family would not be alarmed (or prevent him from keep exercising and doing his things).  Because of his unrelenting spirit, dedication, and commitment, we were fortunate to have him for not 3, but 16 more years!   I have decided to take on that commitment to our family  and his unrelenting spirit and ride for a great cause, finding a cure for Parkinson’s.  Dad never had a chance to let go or stop his fight, becauase of the degenerative nature of Parkinson, anything he gave up would be gone forever ... so he simply never gave up !

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This summer I am taking part in Pedaling for Parkinson's - a cycling event that was created to raise awareness about Parkinson's and raise funds for research. Your donations support the Pedaling for Parkinson’s Research Grant and the Parkinson Canada Research Program.

As part of the event, I’ve set a challenging personal distance goal and am tracking my miles.

Parkinson's is a neurodegenerative disease. Movement is normally controlled by dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain. When cells that normally produce dopamine die, the symptoms of Parkinson's appear. Currently, there is no cure. The need is only increasing. More than 25 Canadians are diagnosed with Parkinson's every day; more than one person every hour. By 2031, the number of people living with Parkinson’s in Canada will more than double. Your support fuels the increasing need for research to improve quality of life and ultimately find a cure.

With your support we can help Parkinson Canada realize their vision of a better life today for Canadians living with Parkinson's; a world without Parkinson's tomorrow.

My Achievements

Looking Sharp: Uploaded Personal Picture

Communicator: Sent First Fundraising Email

Clipped In: First Activity Tracked

Fundraising Goal Met!

I Made a Personal Donation

Downstroke: $500 Raised

Peloton: $2,000+ Raised

On the Way: Halfway to KM Goal

Go the Distance: KM Goal Achieved

Thank you to my Sponsors

$2.5k

Claudio ... For My Dad :)

$500

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