Once again I'll be running the WDW Marathon for Team Fox and raising funds for Parkinson's Research. Team Fox is an amazing foundation that has helped find many new ways to treat Parkinson's patients and give them a better quality of life. Read on for more information or click here to reach Marci and my page for fundraising. Every penny counts and its so greatly appreciated!
Parkinson's disease was first discovered in 1817 by Dr. James Parkinson. It is a disease of the central nervous system that happens when the loss of cells in various parts of the brain include cells that produce dopamine - a chemical messenger which transmits signals in the brain that coordinate movement. Loss of these cells cause neurons to fire without normal control, leaving patients less able to direct or control their movement. About one in 100 people over the age of 60 have Parkinson's Disease, but people as young as 18 have been diagnosed. At least one million people in the US have Parkinson's Disease.
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. Additionally, thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, 100% of Team Fox proceeds in 2014 went directly to research efforts to help speed a cure for Parkinson’s.
So while Marci and I train for this marathon we're also raising funds for research and a cure for Parkinson's. If you're interested in donating to our team, 'Betty & Betti!' you can by clicking HERE. (A while ago I read an article about two 85 year old women named Betty and Betty who have been running partners for over 50 years and still compete together. Marci and I since then have called each other Betty and Betti in hopes that we will still be running together when we're 85!)