Team Radicchi - Speeding a Cure for Parkinson's Disease

Last year my family began fundraising in a campaign to help collect funds in a cause we have a personal attachment to: speeding up a cure for Parkinson’s disease.  Before last summer most of our family and friends had no idea that for the past 8 years my wife and I were concealing a secret.

Our secret was that my thirty-five year old wife, Mekea, had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s when she was 28. Pretending not to be sick and hiding made life unmanageable yet her biggest fear was that she would be object of pity. Her symptoms became impossible to hide last year…so we decided to publically tell everyone at once that she had this disease by joining the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and I raised funds to run a marathon.

Before I started training last year for the world’s biggest marathon in New York City…I had never attempted to run at all – not even a 5k. But I did finish it – barely.  I said I would never do that again.

My wife Mekea has since then had two brain surgeries whereby surgeons implanted a Deep Brain Stimulation system which allows electrical impulses to reduce tremors and involuntary movements which became an impediment to her living a normal life.  Walking, talking, sleeping and just moving freely was a daily challenge.

She had to be wide awake during both surgeries while they operated on her brain and then had a third surgery to implant a device inside her chest to control this DBS system.

A true miracle – she had not run or been able to walk normal in many years and that evening that they turned the DBS system on…she was able to run. She ran the next day. For weeks she has been running now.

We now look at life so much differently with hope and excitement because with the research that is being done with neuromedicine, clinical trials and surgical procedures such as Deep Brain Stimulation we really know that there are going to be leaps in advancing a cure for this terrible disease.

The only way to continue to make strides forward requires funding to organizations such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.  It is patient-focused and their stance is to “find a cure fast.”

So this year I will run the NYC Marathon again.

But, so will my wife Mekea!  I am so proud of her for attempting this as this is, in my mind based on experience, the hardest and most grueling physical challenge one can attempt. She is the strongest fighter and I can't believe she is going to attempt this despite her condition. But she is determined and we are going to do this!

We have created this site to help generate revenue for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and both of us will be running in the NYC Marathon this year. If you have any ability to donate anything that would be great and 100% of the proceeds go directly to developing better medicine and towards the advancement for a cure.

Thank you,

Team Radicchi

UPDATE: So we ran our first HALF-MARATHON last Sunday! We have been training now for two months and the climb towards 26.2 miles is approaching quickly. Again, if you have even $5.00 to donate that would be great and if not no worries. Every penny goes directly towards the research, medicine and results to cure 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.

About Team Fox

Team Fox is The Michael J. Fox Foundation's (MJFF) grassroots community fundraising program.  It is made up of thousands of people worldwide who raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease research.  All funds raised through Team Fox go directly to MJFF to further its mission to accelerate the delivery of life-changing treatments, and ultimately a cure, to people with Parkinson's disease.

This year, thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, 100% of Team Fox proceeds will go directly to research efforts to help speed a cure for Parkinson's.

Help us speed a cure for Parkinson's!

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