Trevor McLaughlin stands by his trusty steed outside the office of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman Thursday. McLaughlin

Trevor McLaughlin stands by his trusty steed outside the office of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman Thursday. McLaughlin

Ontario youth biking across country to raise awareness for Parkinson’s

Trevor McLaughlin is on his way back to his hometown, choosing foot power and two wheels as his mode of transportation.

For just over a week Trevor McLaughlin has been peddling across Canada.

McLaughlin, a 19-year-old from Wallaceburg, Ontario, is on his way back to his hometown, choosing foot power and two wheels as his mode of transportation.

On his way through Cranbrook on Thursday he stopped in to talk to the Townsman, before continuing on the journey to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease.

McLaughlin was motivated when the disease hit close to home.

“My grandpa was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about 10 years ago,” he said. “The last two summers I’ve done 5,000 kilometres in southwestern Ontario combined and this year was just the next step.”

On Thursday he was on his seventh day, and had cycled just over 700 kilometres.

“My goal is to be done by Aug. 20,” he said.

McLaughlin and his mother, who follows by car,  stopped at the tourist information centre, which recommended he stop in at the newspaper office. He was only in town for half an hour before continuing on to Fernie.

For more info, check out McLaughlin’s Facebook page “Trevor’s Ride For Parkinson’s.”