Light of Day Canada began in 2007 with 2 modest shows, one in Niagara Falls and one in Toronto ON. The success of the shows and the enthusiasm and support of the 2 communities help expand the show to larger venues and eventually to Hamilton in 2011 and Halifax, Ottawa and Kingston in 2013.
Light of Day Canada is committed to raising money through various events to distribute to Parkinson's organization that support Parkinson's research and care for Parkinson's victims and families. The 2 organizations that Light of Day Canada work closely with and distribute our proceeds to are the Light of Day Foundation and Parkinson Society Central & Northern Ontario.
As we grow, our vistion is to provide support to local Parkinson's initiatives, as well as continuing to provide our Parkinson's Canada and the Bob Benjamin's Light of Day Foundation with funds to enable them to continue their great work!
Of course, our ultimate vision/goal is to play a role in eradicating Parkinson's and, as the great Willie Nile once said, "we'll move on to kick the $%# of the next cause"!
"10 years ago I was afflicted with Parkinson's Disease. Since then my friends, Bruce Springsteen, Joe D'Urso, Joe Grushecky and others have helped raise over 1 million dollars for the Light of Day Foundation."
- Bob Benjamin, Founder and CEO Light of Day Foundation
Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fundraiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin. Benjamin was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1996. The shows, named after a Springsteen song that is the title of a movie starring Fox and Joan Jett, have raised funds for the ongoing fights against Parkinson's Disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and related diseases. In 2003, actor Michael J. Fox, who also suffers from Parkinson's Disease, joined Grushecky, Springsteen and Benjamin on stage for a performance of the show's (movie's) theme song.
In addition to the signature shows in Asbury Park, New Jersey, the concert series has grown to include concerts in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Wales, Ireland, Italy, and, here in Canada.
A CD featuring covers of Springsteen songs by various artists was released in 2003 on Benjamin's own Schoolhouse Records label. The CD and a European version, also released in 2003, have sold over 30,000 units worldwide and raised an additional $150,000 for Parkinson's research and for the Kristen Ann Carr Fund. All told, the Light of Day ventures have raised over one million dollars since 1998.
For more information on the Light of Day Foundation visit www.lightofday.org
PD is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that affects between one-and-a-half million and two million Americans. The incidence of PD is often underestimated because it is not contagious and does not have to be reported by physicians. PD may appear at any age, but it is uncommon in people younger than 40, and the risk of developing it increases with age. It occurs in all parts of the world, and men are affected slightly more often than women.
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