George Manahan

George's PD Story

"In early 2010, I noticed a tremor in my right arm. It only occured when my arm was at rest. At first I thought it was just fatigue or stress related to my advertising and public relations business. The answer to my arm movement turned out to be the beginning of a journey that I share with more than one million people in the United States and five million people worldwide.

After my diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, I looked for a local support group or organization that would help me to better understand what life with Parkinson's disease would be like. I found out that there wasn't one in the Charleston, WV area. Like many people with this disease, I began my journey suffering alone. There were great national resources, such as The Michael J. Fox Foundation and The National Parkinson's Foundation, but no group locally to reach out to, to talk to, and to give support or receive support.

Earlier this year, with the help of many friends, we organized Charleston's (WV) first-ever public event in support of Parkinson's disease. The response was amazing. More than 220 people participated in the Fox Trot for Parkinson's Research and helped raise close to $21,000 for The Michael J. Fox Foundation. The Fox Trot also brought together many people affected by Parkinson's disease and has led to the formation of the area's only support group. The group meets every third Monday at the Alzheimer's Association office in Charleston.

I am pleased to partner with Team Fox and hope that you will consider making a donation to The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Early on in my diagnosis, when I couldn't find local support, their resources helped me to better understand Parkinson's disease and the challenge that was before me. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is all about research and they are agressively supporting both academic and pharmaceutical company research in an effort to find a cure.

Since Parkinson's disease is progressive, the small tremor in my right arm has expanded to my right leg. My speech has become choppy and my memory isn't what it used to be (which wasn't great to begin with). I am one of the lucky ones. Many PD patients have found that their disease has progressed faster. Some of them find it difficult to speak, walk or even work. More than 80 percent of those with PD will experience depression.   

"Join me and Team Fox in helping to find a cure for Parkinson's disease. Your contribution can make the difference."

 

Team Fox and Michael J. Fox Foundation

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.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is honored by your support. Since 2001, the Foundation has maintained an uncompromising pace — strategically targeting our resources to achieve maximum impact on patients’ lives, funding work on over 100 therapeutic targets to the tune of more than $325 million to date.

MJFF also understands that patients are the key to a cure and is actively engaged with the PD community. To help connect patients and their loved ones with the clinical trials that urgently need their participation, the Foundation created a Web tool, Fox Trial Finder (www.foxtrialfinder.org). Whether you have PD or not, you can play a critical role in moving research forward — create your profile now!

 

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