July 6, 2020
I am hard at work these days finalizing the 40 kilometer route I will ride Aug 15th and trying to keep my sore left knee both exercised and rested. I am waiting for a clearer picture-an MRI-of the problem arthritis is causing there, and trying to keep loose and limber. Not easy when the Parkinson's keeps creeping up on you.
Meanwhile work on the route is just about done. It should be a challenge, but not impossible.
And what also looks possible is us reaching our revised $5000 goal. The total keeps on
climbing thanks to people like you. If you haven't yet-please donate ! 100 % of money raised in the Tour de Fox rides will go to research on Parkinson's. Hope you can help.
June 20, 2020
Thanks to you we have reached and surpassed our preliminary goal......and we're movin' on !!!
A donation from my friends, the Grindstaffs, last week bumped us over the $2500 mark,
and soon it looks like we will hit $3000 ! SpecIal thanks to friends and neighbours in Eagle Ridge for opening your hearts and credit cards for my cause.
So what do we do now ? Let's see if we can get to $ 5000. The need is there for better treatment-and ultimately, a cure so we are officially raising our goal and urging
folks who are still weighing a donation to please dig deep...there's a few more hills to climb .. lets move that fundraising total higher. Thank you.
I could also use help spreading the word on social media. I have never been a social media guy, but maybe you are, and could help get the message out about my ride... this page... and the need. If you can ...please do it. We need to get vital research done.
A word about the timing of our Tour de Fox. I and a small group of friends will ride a 40 km course on beautiful Vancouver Island on Saturday. August 15th. This decision was made before our umbrella organization chose August 29th as the date to encourage people to ride and raise money on their own in these pandemic times. We like our date so we're sticking to it, but will try to get back in the saddle for the observance 2 weeks later. We hope everyone gets behind the event in their community-whenever it is being held-or holds their own ride to support the cause.
Stay tuned here for more details about our ride, and thank you again for helping out.
June 14 2020
Thanks for dropping by.
We are about two months out from this year's ride, and I am right in the thick of planning.
I have been over several sections of the route I am thinking about riding on August 15, but still have some segments to consider. Generally it will be a 40 km circle tour of the beautiful Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. There are plenty of options here and I am taking my time.
If you are thinking about donating to my ride, don't leave it too late. In fact, why not do it now? Clink any DONATE button and you can't go wrong.
Thanks for considering it.
May 21, 2020
Thank you for visiting my page!
As I write this I have just learned that the Tour de Fox, the Michael J. Fox Foundation's (MJFF) Tour de Fox Cycling Series for Parkinson's Research is going virtual. That means-instead of one event-the Pacific Northwest Ride in Port Coquitlam-there will be dozens of smaller groups of riders and supporters putting in the kilometers all over the continent and around the world.
I didn't know what to expect when I plunked down my entry fee at the end of February, but I knew I wanted to be part of it. This will be my 4th effort hiking and riding for the Fox Foundation, and though I have some worries about my sometimes surprising disabilities, I am committed to the cause. I am going to the end of the line, and I hope it's the finish line !
As I get down to work to plan my ride (likely August 15, I am scoping out a nice rolling 40 km route in beautiful country near my home in North Saanich on Vancouver Island) and roll up my sleeves to raise some pledges, I want to assure you that I am serious about my effort, and will do my very best to represent the hopes and wishes of people with Parkinson's and their supporters in raising the funds that will provide for better care for people suffering from this disease and one day soon, I am certain, a cure !
An estimated six million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) — a chronic neurodegenerative disorder. As the world’s largest nonprofit funder of PD research, MJFF is working to change this. I'm working to help them.
Your gift will make a real difference: 100 percent of Tour de Fox Pacific Northwest ride proceeds will go directly to The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s high-impact research programs.
Please help me move a cure for Parkinson's disease forward by making a donation today.
Thank you for your support, and stay tuned here or by e-mail for developments in this year's Tour de Fox.
With your help, a cure is virtually here !