Living Well with Parkinson's.
Steve was introduced to the game of hockey at a very early age while growing up in Etobicoke, ON. If you ask Ludzy what are some of his fondest memories; he will no doubt say the life long friends that the game of hockey has given him. Two notable friends that are always there whenever they are needed are John Kirk and Paul Coffey. The number of hours these three spent as young boys playing on the outdoor rinks their dads made is often a topic of conversation.
It was clear from the beginning that Ludzy’s dream to play in the NHL was going to take him places, meet amazing people and one day pay off from all of the hard work and determination that he generated. He had a distinguished junior career with the Niagara Falls Flyers of the Ontario Hockey League, amassing 125 goals and 233 assists, for a total of 358 points. This broke the career point total record for the Flyers; which still stands today! He was subsequently named to the Flyers’ All-Time Five Man All-Star team.
A community of holistic and compassionate care.
Steve Ludzik Centre at Hotel Dieu Shaver
Interprofessional care for clients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
Steve Ludzik had a vision of a rehabilitation program that was available in Niagara for those living with Parkinson’s disease that affects approximately 100,000 people in Canada and just over 5500 people being newly diagnosed each year (Parkinson’s Society British Columbia, 2014). Studies show that the prevalence of Parkinson’s Disease increases with age. Although not solely a disease of aging: the majority of people with Parkinson’s Disease are seniors.
Liver Donor Wanted.
“It still feels surreal to me,” says Ludzik, the hockey player, coach, commentator and philantrophist who, facing stage 4 liver disease, is looking for a live living donor with blood type 0.