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I'm Michael, an artist, a runner, a volunteer, and a son to a brilliant father who was recently affected by Parkinson's.
I live, work and play in the always sunny State of Florida, I blog a little at http://runningarts.blogspot.com/ and I run whenever I can. By no means am I fleet-of-foot, but I am tireless, and I want to bring that to this beautiful campaign which carries hope to millions!
On top of that I get to run The 2014 TCS New York Marathon while doing it.
This quest started very humble, about 4 years ago, with just the crazy idea of running the NYC Marathon. I had seen it trail through the streets of Brooklyn, when I lived for a time in Parkslope, but I never imagined I'd return to be amongst those amazing athletes. So then, like I do with everything, I had no choice but to research it to death, and I discovered I could also run on a charity team, more than just that, I could possibly run with Team Fox!
At that time my father, long retired from the Army and the Police Force, began to show signs of getting much older, much faster than usual. He and my Mom both started talking about his balance wavering, and in his mid 70's he quickly started forgetting things in the short term. Many doctor's visits ensued, and it was written off as him just getting older. Then, just a few weeks ago, on the same day that I got word that Team Fox posted openings for the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon, Mom let me know that it was Parkinson's Syndrome.
I should be clear that this is not exactly the same thing as Parkinson's, but I took it as a sign. So I am dedicating this year, maybe the next, and possibly the year after that, on a sure thing! I know that the Efforts of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research are our world's best bet a conquering this degenerative neurological disease, and many more along the way. My goal is bigger than simply the pledge bar on this page, my goal is that no Son will ever again have to take on this mission for his beloved Father.
You can assist me, my father, and countless others by doing three simple things right this moment: Click the bright orange "Donate Now" button and give from your heart and your hopes. Second, send this link to every individual you know, and finally, tell them how simple it is and how good they will feel after!
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.
Help us speed a cure for Parkinson's!