Friday, February 22, 2013

2013 Cut-A-Thon for Parkinson’s

I'm lucky to come from a pretty good gene pool. We've in general got good longevity, and neither cancer nor heart disease run in the family. There are three serious diseases that do, however, show up. Diabetes, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's. None of these are widespread amongst my relatives, but they are very personal to me, and so I choose to support research efforts into all of them.

Today I want to share with you an event coming up in April, in support of the Parkinson Societies of Ontario. My paternal grandfather had Parkinsons, and I have to tell you it was very hard to watch is mobility and motor skills decline. I never really knew him as a healthy and active man. Parkinsons isn't thought to be a genetic disease, although there are genetic components, so I don't have much fear of developing it myself necessarily. But that doesn't matter. I've seen the effect of the disease and I want to do what I can to help find effective treatments, and eventually a cure.

Upcoming Fundraiser

Parkinson Societies of Ontario will be hosting their annual Cut-a-thon event on April 7th, 2013, at many salons across the province. For over 20 years, stylists have been donating their time and their talents in support of this event.

Joico is the Ontario-wide sponsor. The company donates all the supplies for the event which includes the products for the stylists to use and gift bags for participants and stylists to take home.  All participants receive a cut, style, dry, and Joico gift bag for $40 or less (depending on the location this represents a significant discount). 100% of that amount is directed to the charity.

Due to the generosity of participating salons and their talented stylists, all funds raised through the Cut-a-Thon for Parkinson’s are put towards research, advocacy, education and support services for Canadians living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. A full list of the participating salons can be found here: http://www.cutathon.ca/

Additionally, here in Toronto, Prairie Girl will be donating cupcakes at the event. And that's not all!  Everyone who makes an online booking for a Toronto salon event will be in the running for a chance to win a two-night stay at Deerhurst Resort, including breakfast for two. Details for this giveaway can be found here: https://www.cutathon.ca/city/city-45toronto.html

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