My Personal Journey to Kilimanjaro

Five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease — a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder. In 2013, I learned that I was one of them. At the all-too-young age of 40, I developed a tremor in my left hand that didn't go away. 

With the help of the MJFox Foundation, I learned that I carry the genetic mutations on LRRK2. I want to raise money for researchers to find a cure before another generation in my family is diagnosed.

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. In my family alone, there are several cases of Parkinson's disease. I knew the symptoms, which is what led to an early diagnosis.

For me, Kilimanjaro has been a dream since I was a teenager. Then it became a dream that I wanted to see fulfilled before the glaciers are gone. Now, it's become a motivation for life, for health, for fitness. This opportunity to climb with Team Fox requires a real commitment on my part, and a drastic overhaul to become more physically fit. I need to make these changes for myself to become a healthier, vibrant person and not let this diagnosis take over me.

Please support my dream, and the most awesome foundation out there for Parkinson's disease. Early diagnosis, innovative treatments, and research are key to making progress towards a cure!

Thank you,


About Team Fox

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 $313 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 ( Whether you have PD or not, you can play a critical role in moving research forward — create your profile now!

Your timing to step up for Team Fox couldn’t be better. Be a part of the answer and help us speed a cure for Parkinson's today!

I am actively seeking donations by DECEMBER 31, 2013 - so please, consider being a personal donor or even a corporate-level donor!

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