As you probably have guessed, science for me is fun and I have had such joy in sharing my passion with you on the Super Awesome Science Show. But science isn’t always jovial and on this week’s show, we’re going to take a different approach, thanks to your requests and suggestions.

Over the next few months, we’ll be discussing the science behind several diseases. It’s an important part of public health and as you have told me, needs to be discussed.

To start, do you know these two famous people?

(Float like a butterfly…)

(He’s got Family Ties…)

Both Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox have been beloved for decades. They have gained worldwide recognition for being the greatest of their times. They are also known as two of the most famous sufferers of a disease that affects 10 million people worldwide and over 100,000 in Canada…

Parkinson’s Disease

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Our first guest is someone who suffers from this illness. He’s…

(Larry Gifford)

For those of you in Vancouver, you know him as a member of the CKNW radio family. For others, he’s the host of one of Apple Podcast’s best…

(Listen to it by clicking on the image…)

He has been sharing his story with the world and was kind enough to share some of his time with us to explore the personal side of the science. His words are going to both make you cry as well as inspire you as he reveals his courage.

In our SASS Class, we reach out to a member of one of the most prominent foundations working to better understand and treat Parkinson’s Disease…

(Dr. Rachel Dolhun)

She’s the VP of Medical Communications at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and is herself a movement disorder specialist. She shares with us some of the most recent information and also how you can get involved in helping to learn and cure this illness.

Making this episode gave me a different feeling than the others and I hope you can appreciate the importance of this topic. Helping people to make science a part of their everyday life is a true vocation and why I started this show. But thanks to this episode and I am sure the others to come, maybe the episodes can help to shed light on some of the less amusing aspects of science.

If you have an idea for an episode, let me know in the comments below or by sending me an Email at: I know this episode will open your creative minds and I look forward to hearing from you.