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Brenda Kilarski first noticed something amiss while vacationing in Costa Rica around five years ago.

“I tried to slide my left foot into my sandal, and it just wouldn’t listen.” She recalls her leg feeling like it was in cement.

Brenda was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in November 2008 and first saw Dr. Ali Rajput in early December. A few weeks later, on Christmas Eve, he called her to see how she was doing.

“I thought that was amazing,” she says. “He really went above and beyond.”

Brenda says the province is lucky to retain physicians like Drs. Ali and Alex Rajput whom she admires and respects: “I don’t know where the heck he (Dr. Ali) gets his energy from!” Brenda is grateful they are so focused on finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Drs. Rajput, along with an international team, are engaged in world-recognized research into the causes and cures of Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. Last year, an international team that included the Drs. Rajput discovered in Saskatchewan Mennonite families an abnormal gene that leads to Parkinson's disease.

"This discovery paves the way for further research to determine the nature of brain abnormalities which this gene defect produces," says Dr. Ali Rajput. "It also promises to help us find ways to detect Parkinson's disease early, and to develop drugs which will one day halt the progression of the disease."

One of the ways Brenda helps support Rajputs’ research is through helping to organize and attend the annual Regina Parkinson’s Curling Classic for Parkinson’s Research, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. For the last 14 consecutive years, Mrs. Phyllis Fox, mother of Michael J. Fox, has attended this event. The 2013 Parkinson’s Curling Classic will be held on April 5th and 6th, and once again Phyllis will be in attendance.

Last year, one of the live auction items was ”Lunch with Michael” (Micheal J. Fox), who started his own foundation in support of Parkinson’s research. Brenda and her husband set a limit they were willing to bid for the item – she stopped watching once the amount surpassed that, but her husband, Rick, kept going.

As a result, last September Brenda and Rick flew to New York City and spent a couple of hours visiting and having lunch (he bought!) with Michael J. Fox – a memory Brenda says she’ll always cherish.

She hopes people will continue to support events like the Curling Classic that assist the Rajputs with their research as well as the Dr. Ali Rajput Endowment for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Research at Royal University Hospital that was established to support innovative research and patient care for Saskatchewan.

For more information on this and other endowments, please contact the RUH Foundation’s Director of Development Lisa Laskowski at (306) 655-6530 or by email.





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