11:52 AM , September 3, 2020
I'm still smiling about our good fortune in staging the Tour de Fox this year.
The weather was perfect, there were no injuries and we raised $6100 for Parkinson"s Research. Thank you everyone.
I have managed to put together a Google album of pictures and videos at this link :
Don't use the slide show feature.
Simply scroll down to see photos and read text.
When you see the start of a video ..click on the arrow and it should roll.
As I go about tidying up from this years ride, I want to tell you what an honor and a privilege it is to take part in the Fox Tour. As I travel down the road each year I know
I am carrying the hopes and dreams of lots of people with Parkinson's with me.
And I hope I am making a difference
Thank you for playing your part.
9:30 PM Aug 18, 2020
Seven was a lucky number for me Aug 15th. That was when the two Bills, Steve, Curtis, Mike, and Martha joined me in riding 40 kms around the district of North Saanich on Vancouver Island, Canada, in my virtual Tour de Fox. The Finish Line picture was full of smiles. I have some wonderful video and stills from photographer friend Rick, neighbours Sheree and Keith, and some drone movies from pilot Kim to go through, and as I do, I will enter what I can here or on You Tube.
In case you are wondering, we are still collecting donations, so if you want to help out-please donate through the DONATE links on this site.
And thank you for helping me to help end Parkinson's.
10:42 PM August 16, 2020
We did it ! It was a perfect day as me and my gang of pedal pushing pilgrims rode a beautiful 40 kilometer route around North Saanich on Saturday. Then we had a nice, casual, but virus sensitive gathering in our backyard.
I rested on Sunday and am now getting set to go over the video and pictures....to appear here soon.
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this ride a success.
Be back to you soon.
9:39 AM August 14, 2020
This time tomorrow, I will, hopefully, be rolling down the roads and pathways of North Saanich, BC Canada, helping to raise money for research to find help for people with
Parkinson's . I want to thank everyone who has helped get me to the start line, and those
that will watch over me on the course.
But most of all I want to thank donors to my cause. You can be very proud of the part you
are playing in putting this disease behind us...and moving us all a little farther down the road.
We're going to the end of the line...
July 31, 2020
I have put some video up of the start of our warm-up Tour at the very bottom of this web page. Scroll way down... and check out the nice drone video of my friend Kim Gye.
And if you haven't donated...now is the time .
I received a newsy note from the MJF Foundation that I will send out by e-mail, detailing the crunch work they are doing to make the sun shine a little brighter for people like me with Parkinson's. Thanks for your help.
July 28, 2020
Just a little more than 2 weeks to go til my TOUR RIDE- Saturday Aug 15th, and me and the boys thought it was time to try out the official ride route. And it was beautiful. I will load some pics later today.
July 11, 2020
For the second time this year, we have reached our fund-raising goal. This time it is $5000-double what it was only a month ago!
Thank you from the bottom, sides and center of my heart. It means a little more research will be carried out, a few more answers found, and some day........
No we are not going to stop collecting donations...and we hope you don't stop giving.
But ..just for a moment....it is a time for giving thanks.
THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH !
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 !