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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.

I have always thought about running a marathon, but didn't know if I actually could do it.  I thought if I wanted to try, I should do it sooner rather than later, and if my brother can do it, so can I!  When I made the decision to run, I knew I wanted to use this not only as a personal goal, but also a fundraising goal in hopes that my work and training could pay off in more ways than just running a race.  

Every time I run, I think of my Mom, and that helps to motivate me to push myself towards my goal.  My mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2006 after having what she thought was a benign tremor for years.  She is one of the most amazing people I have ever met, and that's not just because she is my Mom.  She is often called the camp director, and is the one orchestrating different events in our family and responsible for getting everyone together.  Her family, especially her kids and two grandchildren, not only light up her life, but are a wonderful support system as well, and she makes sure we all stay in touch.  She has been living with this disease for years, and rarely brings it up, and just goes about her daily life.  As she says, it could be much worse, and this is something she can live with.  She travels, works, gardens, plays with her grandchildren, and does this whether she's having a good day or a bad day.  She always has a smile on her face, and thinks about her family and friends before herself, and is such a generous and caring person.  She walks for exercise, which helps a lot, but she will probably never run a marathon (for more reasons than just the Parkinson's), so in some ways I feel like I'm doing that for her.  

Team Fox has not only been leading research for a cure for PD, but bringing attention to the disease itself, and how many people it affects.  They're making great progress, and every dollar donated is bringing us closer to a cure.  If I could have one wish, it would be that my mother did not have to live with this disease, and that she could do more than take medication to treat symptoms, but to stop it all together.  It's a difficult economy that we are in, and a time of year when there is much giving already; but every dollar donated gets us closer to a cure.  88 cents of every dollar goes straight to research, and all donations made by the end of 2012 will be matched dollar per dollar by a special challenge they have going on right now.  If you can, I encourage you to support this great cause, and help people like my Mom get closer to a time when they no longer have to suffer from this disease. 

Be a part of the answer and help us speed a cure for Parkinson's today!

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