FACULTY OF MEDICINE
In 2013, two UBC engineers, Glen Duthie and Allan Cullen, will be
entering the “Great Race”—a ten thousand mile race from the Great Wall of China
to Paris—to raise money to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. Your
donation will go to the University of British Columbia’s Brain Research Centre
to advance brain research.
In 1907, five cars set out from Peking on the first-ever transcontinental
motor rally. Their destination was Paris. Four competitors completed the
original “Great Race” to a tumultuous welcome in Paris and world-wide fame. The
race—believed at the time to be impossible—was won by Prince Borghese of Italy
in 60 days, in a 1907 Itala.
In 2013 the Great Race will be run again. On May 28th the
flag will drop at the Great Wall of China, and 96 cars will begin the longest
and toughest challenge anyone can drive in a vintage or classic car—ten
thousand miles against the clock through regions such as Mongolia and the Gobi
Desert where petrol—if and when you find it—can have an octane reading of 70,
not much better than paraffin. Participants will—if their car preparations,
driving and navigational skills measure up—cross the finish line in Paris on
Glen Duthie and Allan Cullen will be taking on the supreme challenge of
making it from the Great Wall all the way to Paris, driving a 1939 Cadillac La
Salle. They need a team of people behind them supporting them on this great
expedition, knowing that every obstacle, every challenge and set back is in
support of a larger cause – finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.
In 1997, Marcia Duthie, Glen’s wife, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at
the age of 43. Glen has seen her struggle to manage the disease, unable to do
many of the things she used to be able to, and has committed himself to doing whatever he can to
try to facilitate science to find a cure.
To support the search for a cure, Glen and Allan are partnering with
the UBC Faculty of Medicine Brain Research Centre (BRC), a worldwide leader for
research on diseases of the brain. By 2020, it is anticipated that brain
disease will overtake heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death
and disability in Canada. The BRC is home to specialists in neuroscience,
neurology, and psychiatry whose interdisciplinary approaches to research are
making a transformational impact on diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s,
The goal is to raise $250,000 by June 29, 2013, the day Glen and Allan
anticipate crossing the finish line at Place Vendome, Paris.
Glen and Allan know that whatever challenges lie ahead of them in the
middle of the Gobi Desert will be nothing compared to the challenge of living
with Parkinson’s. Every mile they complete represents advances in brain
research and when they cross the finishing line, brain researchers will be
$250,000 closer to a cure. Please make a donation to support the greatest
journey of Glen and Allan’s lives. 100% of your gift will support brain
research at the UBC Brain Research Centre.