Steve Ludzik had a vision of a rehabilitation program that was available for those living with Parkinson's disease and their families.
In 2013 Steve’s vision came to be when the The Steve Ludzik Foundation opened the doors to a one of a kind Parkinson’s Rehab Centre at Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. Catharines.
Learning to live well with Parkinson's
- Changing the way, we think about Parkinson’s’ disease
- Communication and awareness
- Better accessibility to movement disorder specialists
- Collaborate and network with other foundations
- Reduce wait times to Parkinson Rehab Centre
- Accelerate access to specialized care and rehabilitation
Parkinson's stops here.
Making a difference and give HOPE to people living with Parkinson’s disease one person at a time. We strive for excellence through rehabilitation, education, research, support and preventative care.
About The Steve Ludzik
Before I officially retired from the NHL, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 39 while coaching the Tampa Bay Lightening. While it was a shock to Mary Ann and me, we decided to keep it quiet for some time 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.
Over the last 5 years we have raised over $850,000 and the doors opened for the Steve Ludzik Parkinson’s Rehab Centre in 2013 when we partnered with Hotel Dieu Shaver Health & Rehabilitation Centre in St. Catharines. Since then we have had over 200 people participate in the program and the work continues with a waiting list of up to two years. Our clinic is solely funded through donations from The Steve Ludzik Foundation and private donations.