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What is Step N’ Stride?
It’s a fundraising walk held on September 7th/2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease research.

Where do I donate?
Just click this image here:

How do I get a drawing?
All donations are very appreciated but if you donate more than $25 I will personally draw you anything you’d like. After you donated to that link above, just email me at

michael (at) stickdinosaurs (dot) com

and tell me what you want drawn. Try to keep it PG because I’d like to show off the images with your name on it. If you want to keep your donation and drawing private, just let me know in the email.

It’ll be a digital image that I will email back to you.

What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease is a disorder in which the dopamine producing cells in someones brain start to die off. After roughly 80% of those cells have died and dopamine levels drop too low, the Parkinson’s symptoms start to present themselves. The cause of Parkinson’s Disease is unknown.

How is Parkinson’s Disease currently treated?
With Dopamine agonists. These are medications that serve the same purpose as dopamine in the brain. Unfortunately, the long term side effects strongly resemble the initial symptoms of PD including muscle twitches and tremors. This makes treating the disease difficult because you’re “damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t”.

What is Dopamine?
Dopamine is a chemical responsible for many functions in the brain. It’s a chemical messenger that your brain uses to communicate which muscles to move and when. Naturally, when the body runs out of “messenger” then the “message” doesn’t get through.

What is a Parkinsonism?
A Parkinsonism is a disease that has the typical symptoms of Parkinsons Disease or may be another form of Parkinsons. There are actually several forms.

Which Parkinsonism do you have?
Truth is, we don’t know yet. I sit somewhere between Dopamine Responsive Dystonia and Early Onset Parkinsons Disease. The only diagnostic test available now is to simply wait and see how my symptoms progress. Fortunately it’s the same medications and treatment either way so I’m covered no matter what I have.

How long have you had it?
My initial symptoms started roughly 7 years ago.

Can I donate money directly to you instead?
No. Giving the money to me ensures that I will spend it on gummy bears and lego. Please direct all donations to