Climb Kili for a Cure

19,341 feet = $19,341 for Team Fox and Parkinson's Research -- with your help! 


In celebration of my "big" birthday (it's great to finally be of legal drinking age!), I decided to mark it in a "big" way by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania this summer.  Why, you may ask? 

Because Mt. Everest is too hard?

Because the snows are melting?

Because, like The Little Engine that Could, "I think I can, I think I can…"

Because YOLO? (tr: "You only live once!")?

There's probably a bit of truth in all of the above.  But for once, it's not all about ME ME ME. . . (really!).  Instead, in honor of my parents Norman and Joanne Harris, I have set the lofty (no pun intended!) goal of dedicating my mid-life crisis climb to raising money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.  As a Team Fox member, I am making a commitment to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease (PD) because, unfortunately, I have watched first-hand the devasting effects of this disease, and believe that the efforts of The Michael J. Fox Foundation will ultimately shorten the road to a cure.

As many of you know, about 7 years ago my father was diagnosed with Parkinson's.  At the outset, it was largely controlled with medication.  Recently, the disease has begun to progress more rapidly and greatly impacted his quality of life.  As if his condition were not challenging enough, about 3 years ago my mother was also diagnosed with Parkinson's.  Although her condition remains largely controlled with medication, the disease is beginning to take its toll on her as well.

Forgive my lack of eloquence, but Parkinson's sucks. Afflicting over five million people worldwide, PD is a chronic degenerative neurological disorder, which bit by bit hinders and eventually shuts down the most basic bodily functions.  Currently available treatments temporarily mask symptoms  while the disease continues to progress.  At present, there is no known cure.  But research is progressing rapidly, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.

Originally, my personal goal was to raise $10,000 before my June 23 departure.  Thanks to so many of you who have generously supported my efforts and this worthy cause, I have blown past that goal and so have decided to set a new one: $19,341 -- $1 for every 19,341 feet of Kilimanjaro's Uhuru Peak!  For those of you who have not yet donated, please consider making a contribution now and help me reach my new (more lofty!) goal. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made online through my Team Fox fundraising page at  Of course, any donations will go directly to Michael J. Fox Foundation -- they are NOT being used to fund my trip or my equipment (though my sister has bought my plane ticket as an extremely generous birthday present!)

Thank you in advance for your generous support as we strive together in a race to the summit and "climb Kili" toward a cure.


And remember:

"The cures we want aren't going to fall from the sky. We have to get ladders and climb up and get them." - Michael J. Fox

Mt. Kilimanjaro is my ladder!

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!