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As I was growing up, my mom loved to tell me stories about her childhood. However, despite all of the crazy situations that Chris Mahoney had the ability to get herself stuck in, her favorite story to tell me was relatively tame. Fondly, she would describe to me the summer nights that she would go on jogs with her family. She would recall the joy that her dad, my grandfather, found in the simplicity of running. Running, both with her family on these summer jogs, and consistently up and down the basketball court, a place more commonly known as his second home. While one may wonder why my mom recalled so fondly these nights that she and her family could enjoy each others company running around their town, I knew. 

In 1990, my Grampy was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a "chronic, degenerative, neurological disorder" that, over time, results in the loss of cells in the substantial nigra, the part of your brain responsible for your coordination of movement. No longer could Grampy enjoy the simple pleasures of an evening jog, or the quick back and forth of the basketball court. `

This past summer, my grandfather passed away. Never more have I recalled this memory that my mom holds so dear to her. I realized that I needed to truly take advantage of the healthy body I had. Over a million people in America alone are diagnosed with Parkinson's. Although Grampy's fight may be over, there are many others who still seek a cure. It is for those who found the simple joys in running that cannot anymore, and of course, Grampy that I run this half marathon. 

"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." Through such an organization as Team Fox, I look to find a cure for Parkinson's so that those who have lost the ability to embark on a family jog in the evening can once again strap on their sneakers and just go.

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