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Dr. Sara Runnels
I'm running the ING New York City Marathon again this year as a member of Team Fox in support of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. I am running in honor of my mother, Helen Runnels, who has been living with Parkinson's Disease for several years now.
The first few months that we were home with Carly, my parents drove down to Boston to help us with meals and anything else we needed. My mom was a huge help in caring for baby Carly--and me! She was up in the middle of the night to help with a feed and give me some rest. I've learned a lot from my mother over the years but even more so after the birth of Carly. My mother is an amazing woman with a fantastic attitude who has taught me a lot about being a mom and a role model. She always has a positive attitude and doesn't let Parkinson's define her. She is a strong woman who has taken on life's challenges with strength and love for her family and friends.
Although most people think I'm crazy for taking on the challenge of a marathon 9 months post-partum, I wanted to do something to honor my mom. I hope by raising funds to help find a cure for Parkinson's, my mom and all patients living with Parkinson's Disease will be able to continue to live their lives on their terms: not restricted by this disease.
Five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson?s disease ? a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder. In the United States, 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. There is no known cure for Parkinson?s disease. But through your support of Team Fox, you can help change this.
Team Fox is The Michael J. Fox Foundation?s (MJFF) grassroots community fundraising program. Its members include thousands of people worldwide who generate funds and awareness for Parkinson?s disease research. All funds raised through Team Fox go directly to MJFF to advance its mission to accelerate the delivery of life-changing treatments, and ultimately a cure, to people with Parkinson?s disease.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is honored by your support. Since 2001, the Foundation has maintained an uncompromising pace ? strategically targeting our resources to achieve maximum impact on patients? lives, funding work on over 100 therapeutic targets to the tune of more than $289 million to date. MJFF also understands that patients are the key to a cure and is actively engaged with the PD community. To help connect patients and their loved ones with the clinical trials that urgently need their participation, the Foundation created a Web tool, Fox Trial Finder (www.foxtrialfinder.org). Whether you have PD or not, you can play a critical role in moving research forward ? create your profile now!
Now through December 31, 2012, all Team Fox members new to the program or those who raised more than last year will have their funds matched dollar-for-dollar, thanks to the $50-million Brin Wojcicki Challenge (www.michaeljfox.org/challenge).
Your timing to step up for Team Fox couldn?t be better. Be a part of the answer and help us speed a cure for Parkinson?s today!
Thank you for your love, support and generosity!