Mitch Frazer organizes charity run for Parkinson’s disease clinic at North York General Hospital

Better Than a Cake, a 70th Birthday Race

March 08, 2013

Mitch Frazer knew he wanted to do something special for his mother on her 70th birthday in May, but an elaborate gift or fancy dinner wouldn’t do. Instead, he organized a charity run to raise money for a Parkinson’s disease clinic at North York General Hospital.

"Five years ago, my mum was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and this is a disease that took her mother several years ago as well," said Mr. Frazer, a lawyer in Toronto with Torys LLP, who also is vice-chairman of the hospital’s foundation.

"Gitta’s Race," named after Mr. Frazer’s mother, will take place in North York on her birthday, May 4. The event will include a five-kilometre run and a 500-metre walk. More than $24,000 has already been committed and Mr. Frazer is hoping to raise $30,000.

The donations will help to refurbish an exercise room in the Parkinson’s clinic at the hospital and create an endowment for future programs.

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