Ludzy and friends
A message from Steve:
What a year its been! I am very proud of all of the hard work and dedication that our team has done to continue to support The Steve Ludzik Parkinson’s Rehab Centre in Niagara where we offer a one of a kind centre for people living with Parkinson’s disease and their families.
It reminds me that when you have a dream and are willing to work hard anything is possible. My childhood dream to become a hockey player in the NHL came true after hard work, dedication and a family who supported me. After a 16-year career as both a player and coach little did I know my biggest challenge was yet to begin.
Before I officially retired from the NHL, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 39 while coaching the Tamp Bay Lightening. While it was a shock to Mary Ann and I, we decided to keep it quiet for sometime until I was ready to acknowledge it publicly. During this period of acceptance, I retired and we moved the family back home to Niagara. It was clear to me that due to the lack of programs available anywhere in Ontario, that I could make a difference and give people HOPE who are living with Parkinson’s. This is where my next biggest challenge began and the beginning of The Steve Ludzik Foundation.
In 2013, as we partnered with Hotel Dieu Shaver Health & Rehabilitation Centre, the doors opened to The Steve Ludzik Parkinson’s Rehab Centre. Since then we have had over 220 participants through the program and donated just over $850,000, but the work continues. The current wait time of 1.5 to 2 years is unacceptable. This clinic is solely funded through donations from TSLF and private donors. Like any good organization, we are always searching for partners to help us grow, lessen those wait times and expand our services.
We have some exciting changes and events happening in 2018 and hope you will consider helping us continue making a difference in our community. I sincerely hope that you will considering supporting our initiative’s through TSLF.