World Parkinson’s Day Virtual Spin Class

April 11th is World Parkinson’s Day

Please join us on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at noon ET, in honoring World Parkinson’s Day with sweatconnected. This will be a 45 minute indoor cycling class via Zoom led by Danielle Devine-Baum set to some great music! Don’t have a bike? Please run, row or dance with us! All proceeds from this class go to the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s. You can reserve a spot for $23 here.

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month:

  • Over 10 million people in the world are diagnosed with Parkinson’s – 1 million in the U.S.
  • Parkinson’s Disease is a disorder of the nervous system that affects movement; symptoms worsen as the disease progresses over time. Common symptoms include cogwheel rigidity, slowness in movement, tremors, and postural instability.
  • Average age of diagnosis is 58.
  • Parkinson’s Disease is 1.5x more likely in males than females
  • The economic burden of Parkinson’s is $14.4 Billion/year in the U.S. (this may be higher now due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • The Parkinson’s community has struggled over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic, due to people with Parkinson’s missing some of their therapies due to closures, or struggling with virtual options. These circumstances, for many, have accelerated their decline.

Kilter Miles for Meaning Challenge

Please join the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s in the 2021 Miles for Meaning Challenge! The team with the most miles from March 1-31, 2021 will win a minimum $25,000 donation. The challenge is free to join – just download the Kilter Rewards app and track your miles each day. There are also individual prizes throughout the challenge as well.

You can see more details and sign up for the challenge here.

Congratulations 2020 (FIRST PLACE WINNER) Jamen Spitzer!

From December 8-14, 2020 Kilter Rewards kicked off the Miles for Meaning Challenge with the Captain’s Challenge competition. The challenge was who could run the most miles in one week – each team had one representative. The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s was represented by Team 23 superstar Jamen Spitzer who won FIRST PLACE with a whopping 154 miles run in just one week. That included 2 full marathons (one day over 30 miles!) and even a personal best time. Jamen – we are so proud of you and thank you for all that you do with us in the fight against Parkinson’s! You can see more about Jamen’s thoughts about the competition in this video:

The 2020 Detroit Marathon has gone virtual

Update: The 2020 Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon will be run virtually due to COVID-19.

We are pleased to announce that we are a charity partner for the Virtual Detroit Free Press Marathon Weekend October 16-18. Whether you run the Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k, 1M or Kids’ run you can be part of the inaugural Team 23 team. You can register at freepmarathon.com and be sure to choose “Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s” when asked if you would like to run on behalf of a charity.

Can’t race that weekend?  You can start your own fundraiser for the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s on the GivenGain platform. Get started here.

If you have any questions, please email Michelle Newman at michelle@kirkgibsonfoundation.org We can’t wait to have you on our team!               

A Smashing Success – 2019 Everybody Vs. Parkinson’s Gala!

On October 19th, the Everybody Vs. Parkinson’s Gala was held at the Motor City Casino Hotel.  In collaboration with the Michigan Parkinson Foundation and our title sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan we raised over $1.5 million towards Parkinson’s programs and research.  Attendees included Kirk and JoAnn Gibson, Dan J. Loepp (CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan) with his wife Amy, Jeff Laethem (President Michigan Parkinson Foundation) and his wife Alysia, Tigers greats Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, Lance Parrish, & Dave Rozema, and hockey Hall of Famer and Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman.  The evening was emcee’d by Emmy award winner Teresa Strasser and included a strolling dinner, live auction and dancing to Your Generation. You can see the special that aired on Fox Sports Detroit recapping the Gala here:

https://www.foxsports.com/detroit/story/everybody-vs-parkinsons-gibbys-gala-videos-110719

A SMASHING SUCCESS - 2019 EVERBODY VS. PARKINSON'S GALA

On October 19th, the Everybody Vs. Parkinson’s Gala was held at the Motor City Casino Hotel.  In collaboration with the Michigan Parkinson Foundation and our title sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan we raised over $1.5 million towards Parkinson’s programs and research.  Attendees included Kirk and JoAnn Gibson, Dan J. Loepp (CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan) with his wife Amy, Jeff Laethem (President Michigan Parkinson Foundation) and his wife Alysia, Tigers greats Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, Lance Parrish, & Dave Rozema, and hockey Hall of Famer and Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman.  The evening was emcee’d by Emmy award winner Teresa Strasser and included a strolling dinner, live auction and dancing to Your Generation. You can see the special that aired on Fox Sports Detroit recapping the Gala here:

https://www.foxsports.com/detroit/story/everybody-vs-parkinsons-gibbys-gala-videos-110719