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Kenneth A. Bernhard, MD
June 5, 2014
Officially Registered! (And a minor setback)
To say that the past month has been a whirlwind would be an understatement. The end of April and May was filled with papers, exams, and group projects as my time at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) came to an end. It has been an amazing two years at SAIS and I can't believe that it is already over. Graduation has come and gone and I am still on the hunt for that ever elusive job!
I finally received my invitation to register for the NYC Marathon and can now say that I am officially registered! The realities of the race are starting to sink in as I now have to start making decisions regarding what type of transportation I want to use in order to get to the starting line on race day (Staten Island Ferry or Greyhound bus?!). As the race accommodates over 50,000 runners, the logistics of the race are truly incredible. However, due to so many people trying to make it to Staten Island at the same time, a VERY early morning is in store for me. (We’re talking about being up and ready to board the ferry or bus at around 5:15am!)
Unfortunately my training hit a setback soon after I told all of you that I would be running in NYC. I tweaked my right knee and have had to stop all running while it heals. I have a doctor’s appointment set up in 2 weeks and hopefully by then I’ll be all set to kick my training into high gear! In the meantime I’ve been able to cross train at the gym while I wait to hit the streets of DC to prepare for November.
While the excitement of running my first marathon continues to increase by the day, it is very humbling for me to remember the reasons I decided to join TeamFox in the first place. Parkinson’s Disease is a debilitating ailment affecting millions of people every day. I was reminded of the difficulties facing those with PD back in April when I met a wonderful family with an 18 year old son with early onset PD. While the majority of PD patients show symptoms later in life, this young man was already struggling with the debilitating effects of the disease. It is my hope that by running in November I can contribute to finding a cure for everyone affected by PD.
My fundraising efforts are off to a great start and I want to thank everyone who has donated to help the fight against Parkinson’s Disease! I can’t thank everyone enough for their support!
April 23, 2014
Dear Friends and Family:
I am very proud and excited to tell you that in order to raise awareness and support for Parkinson's Disease (PD), I will be running the TCS New York City Marathon on November 2, 2014! As many of you know, my grandfather, Dr. Robert Bernhard, lived with PD for over 20 years - most of my life in fact - before passing in 2011. Training for my first marathon is an exhilarating yet nerve-racking experience. I am so excited to begin this journey towards New York this fall and I can't wait to hit the course for those 26.2 miles.
Over five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's Disease - a chronic degenerative neurological disorder whose symptoms typically progress from mild tremors to complete physical incapacitation. In the United States, 60,000 new cases of PD will be diagnosed this year alone. While the average age of onset is 60, an estimated five to 10 percent of people with PD experience onset at age 40 or younger. I know that as hard as training for a marathon can be, it pales in comparison to the devastating disease my grandfather lived with.
I will be running in November with TEAMFOX, an amazing organization that raises awareness and funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. There is no known cure for PD, and currently available treatments only temporarily mask symptoms while the disease continues to progress. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.
As my training begins, I have set a personal goal of raising $3,000 for TEAMFOX. Can you help me reach my goal? Every donation, no matter how small or large, helps us towards finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.
I want to thank every single one of you for your support, kind words, encouragement, and donation. None of this would be possible without all of you.
Check back here over the coming months for updates on my training, fundraising progress, and other updates!
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!