Bike riders in San Diego will Pedal for Parkinson’s with riders from around the world on Sept. 27, showing their support for cutting-edge research that can eliminate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Riders have a choice of a 5-mile, 25-mile or 50-mile ride, which starts at Revolution Bike Shop, 235 S. Highway 101, Solana Beach, 92075. Interested riders can sign up at www.pedalforparkinsons.net.
Three spinning classes are also available at the start/finish line by reservation as an alternative. Each spin session will last 45 minutes.
The entry fee for all three rides and the spin class is $45 each. A jersey is $70 extra, shorts are $60 more and T-shirts are an extra $10.
To date, riders from Australia, Germany and Canada are planning their own events to join San Diego riders and Pedal for Parkinson’s.
This event is a fundraiser for www.Summit4StemCell.org, supporting a non-embryonic stem-cell research project underway at the Scripps Clinic and Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla.
Using a Nobel Prize-winning approach, researchers take a Parkinson’s patient’s own skin cells and reverse-process them into induced pluripotent stem cells. Those stem cells are then developed into dopamine-producing neurons, which will be transplanted back into the patient’s brain.
Parkinson’s is caused by dopamine neuron deficiency. This promising effort is being funded by private donations, grants, and fundraising, not pharmaceutical companies.