Team Memphis

Name of Event: Dance Party for Parkinsons

Date of Event:  October 12,2013


Emajoe and Mary Ann met in October, 2006 through their hairdresser, who knew they both had Parkinson's.  Emajoe had just moved to Memphis from Minneapolis with her husband. Emajoe had been diagnosed with PD in 2005 and Mary Ann was diagnosed in 1998. They have been there for each other through good times and bad times since 2006. In November, 2012 Emajoe will have the same DBS surgery at Vanderbilt University that Mary Ann had in August, 2007. 

Emajoe attended one of "Sting" Ray Anthony's show's in August of 2010, and was amazed at his talent. Soon she found herself up, and dancing. Something she had not done in a long time.

Emajoe got to know "Sting" Ray Anthony after she wrote him a letter informing him of how much his music made her want to dance, and that when she danced her Parkinson's did not bother her as much.   The next concert that Emajoe attended she met "Sting" Ray Anthony and his wife Kim, and they all stayed in touch. 

Recently, Sting Ray told Emajoe he would like to do a concert to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for Parkinson's.  Sting Ray said "together we are going to kick this thing"!

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.

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 Brian Wojcicki Challenge..

Your timing to step up for Team Fox couldn?t be better. Be a part of the answer and help us speed up the cure for Parkinson?s today!


Team Memphis Raised
Emajoe Abeln $850.00
Molly Sashkin $125.00
Team Gifts $100.00
Denotes a Team Captain