PARKINSON'S DISEASE

  • 5 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease​

  • In the United States, 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone

  • Parkinson's disease is the second most common degenerative neurological disease after Alzheimer's

  • The average age of onset of PD is over age 60

  • 1% of those over 60 will have Parkinson's disease

  • 5 - 10% of patients have an onset before age 40 - Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's at the age of 29

  • Parkinson's disease can progress from mild tremor and stiffness to physical incapacitation

  • Parkinson's patients also frequenly have nonmotor symptoms such as depression, sleep problems, dementia, etc

  • THERE IS NO KNOWN CURE FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Our challenges don't define us. Our actions do.

--Michael J. Fox

  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today

  • The MJFF is the world's largest non-profit funder of Parkinson's research

  • The MJFF has funded more than $900 million of research to speed a cure for PD.

  • The MJFF has a different model to find a cure; they have their own scientists and financial advisors

  • The MJFF are risk takers and problem solvers who strategically target their resources to achieve maximum impact on patients' lives

  • With no endowment, 100 % of all donor-raised capital is used each year to speed treatment breakthroughs. 

THE MICHAEL J. FOX FOUNDATION

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a comprehensive resource for patients, caregivers, researchers, clinicians and volunteers.

Learn about the latest research developments, new initiatives, partnerships with industry, community, public policy, etc. 

TEAM FOX

  • Team Fox is the grassroots community fundraising arm of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research

  • Established in 2006, Team Fox has welcomed over 6,000 members worldwide

  • TEAM FOX members have raised nearly $80 million toward speeding a cure for PD by participating in athletic events or hosting other creative, fun events

  • Team Fox members are passionate about transforming their interests into opportunities to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's research

  • Although the group started as one to raise funds and awareness, Team Fox has evolved into a community, a family, with a shared mission. The group goes to great lengths to unconditionally  support one another   through good times and more challenging times. 

  • 100% of funds raised through TEAM FOX activities go directly to fund Parkinson's research programs (Thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor)

MY STORY

I was an avid runner in my early 50's when I noticed that my right leg wouldn't  keep up with the left. After  an extensive evaluation  I was felt to have Parkinson's disease in the spring of 2009. After keeping my condition private for a year and a half, I signed up to run the 2010 New York City Marathon for TEAM FOX on a whim. I had the fortune of personally meeting  and chatting with Michael J. Fox a few days before the marathon in Central Park. I was immediately impressed with his sincerity, optimism, and dedication. Meeting MJF and being a part of the TEAM FOX  family has been life-altering. MJF, the TEAM FOX staff, members with PD and their families have been instrumental in spreading awareness about PD, raising funds for PD research and for giving patients and families with Parkinson's disease hope.  

I have continued my involvement with TEAM FOX because I love the people involved, I have been motivated and inspired by the optimism, creativity, dedication, and hard work of the group, and because it is clear to me that the efforts of the Michael J. Fox Foundation will be necessary to find a cure for PD. 

 

In celebration of my last ever marathon, I was very fortunate to recruit several friends and family members to run the 2020 NYC Marathon with me.  Unfortunately the event has been cancelled due to COVID-19; however the search for a cure continues, so our team is fundraising now even though we will not be running the marathon until at least 2021. 

 

Thanks to my 2020 NYC Marathon teammates, the TEAM FOX family and all my family and friends for their generosity, kindness, and support over the last decade. 

OUR 2020 NYC MARATHON FUNDRAISING TEAM

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