Broadcaster Larry Gifford, a victim of Parkinson’s, to host Podcast




Seasoned Broadcaster and Person with Parkinson’s, Larry Gifford, Hosts the Podcast, Launching September 12
For Immediate ReleaseVANCOUVER, September 10, 2018 – What happens When Life Gives You Parkinson’s? That’s the question Larry Gifford is working to answer in a new podcast venture with Corus Entertainment’s CuriousCast and Parkinson CanadaThe serieslaunches Wednesday, September 12, and shares Gifford’s journey as he comes to terms with the disease that affects millions and is understood by few.

Larry Gifford

Gifford, 46, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in August 2017 after seven months of tests. Looking for answers about his life ahead, he sought Parkinson’s-focused podcasts and found few, clinical options. Gifford announced his diagnosis publicly on World Parkinson’s Day, and found many others also seeking stories of people to whom they can relate.

“My goal is to help people with Parkinson’s realize they aren’t alone,” said Gifford, a thirty-year broadcast veteran, currently Senior Program Director at Vancouver’s 980 CKNW. “Awareness is the first step towards more fundraising for research, which is severely needed if we ever hope to find a cure. This is my way to make an impact.”

Each episode, Gifford and co-host Niki Reitmayer will examine the impact that a Parkinson’s diagnosis has on a person, a family, a friendship, a colleague, a company, and a community. Gifford shares the tears triggered by diagnosis, laughter brought on by unpredictable symptoms and nearly every emotion in between.

Parkinson Canada has signed on to the series as a content and promotional partner, providing opportunities to connect the diverse voices in the Parkinson’s community. Expert guest speakers will include scientists, doctors and other care team members.

“People with Parkinson’s rely on voices of experience to help them live well each day,” said Parkinson Canada CEO Joyce Gordon. “The answers can come from many places and we are delighted to partner with Larry Gifford on his audio journey.”

As a companion to the podcast’s launch, Global BC will air a three-part series about Gifford’s journey living and working with Parkinson’s, airing September 12 through 14 on Global News Hour at 6.

Corus Entertainment’s CuriousCast launched earlier this year and is home to internationally recognized brands with diverse audio storytelling, including The Ongoing History of New Music, and Global News’ This Is Why.

 When Life Gives You Parkinson’s is hosted and produced by Larry Gifford and Niki Reitmayer. Subscribe to get every episode, available on Apple Podcasts, Google PodcastsSpotify or wherever you find your favorite podcasts. Listen now.


CuriousCast is a Corus Entertainment Network.

Corus Entertainment  
Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high-quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at

Parkinson Canada
Parkinson Canada provides services and education to people living with Parkinson’s disease, their families, and the healthcare professionals who treat them. Operating since 1965, the organization advocates on issues that concern the Parkinson’s community in Canada. The Parkinson Canada Research Program funds innovative research for better treatments and a cure. A national registered charity, Parkinson Canada fulfils its mission through the generosity of donors and is an accredited organization under the Imagine Canada Standards Program. Parkinson Canada participates in numerous coalitions and partnerships to effectively fulfil its mission.

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  1. I was diagnosed 2 years ago at age 63. Symptoms were tremor in right leg, loss of handwriting ability, and soft voice. I also have difficulty rising from a seated position and have balance issues. I started out taking only Azilect, then Mirapex, and 6 months ago Sinemet. Several months ago I started falling frequently, hence the reason for Sinemet. I tried every shots available but nothing worked. In June 2018, my neurologist and I decided to go with natural treatment and was introduced to Natural Herbal Gardens natural organic Parkinson’s Herbal formula, i had a total decline of symptoms with this treatment, the Tremor, falling frequently, stiffness, body weakness, balance issues, depression and others has subsided. Visit Natural Herbal Gardens official website ww w. naturalherbalgardens. com. This treatment is a breakthrough for all suffering from Parkinson’s, don’t give up Hope. Keep Sharing the Awareness, herbs are truly gift from God.

  2. I thank aMr Gifford for his courage and his efforts to help other victims of this disease. Good luck and we will keep you in our prayers.
    His direction at nw is another matter for another time


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