MISSION & HISTORY
The mission of the Brian Grant Foundation is to empower those impacted by Parkinson’s to live active and fulfilling lives. BGF was established in 2010, following Brian’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s in 2008.
We believe that people aren’t defined by a diagnosis. Armed with the right tools and resources, people impacted by Parkinson’s can live active and fulfilling lives. That’s why our programs focus on exercise, nutrition, and emotional support – to empower people with Parkinson’s to get moving, eat well, and feel their best.
Through affordable exercise classes based on the latest research, cooking sessions with experts in nutrition, and emotional support workshops led by mental health specialists, we encourage and inspire healthy living for people with Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder where there is a loss of cells in the brain that produce dopamine, which is a chemical messenger responsible for transmitting signals that coordinate movement. The outward signs of Parkinson’s may include tremors, slowness of movement, balance problems and rigidity. A Parkinson’s diagnosis can bring fear, uncertainty and doubt. It is during this vulnerable time that an individual can find comfort and hope through the support of a community.