BENEFITING: MICHAEL J FOX FOUNDATION FOR PARKINSONS RESEARCH
EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014
On November 2, 2014, I will be pursuing a personal challenge as I run 26.2 miles, through the five boroughs of New York City in the New York City Marathon. As I train to accomplish this goal of mine, I wish to support a charity that means something to me. I choose to raise money for Parkinson's research. As I grew up from a teenager to a young adult, I watched my grandfather battle this disease. I saw how his symptoms progressed, and I admired how strong he was for fighting all those years. As I train for my marathon, I can only wish to channel a fraction of the strength he possessed in his time of struggle. There is no cure for Parkinson's disease, but with adequate funding, intelligent minds and further research, a cure may be found. Please join me in donating, and contribute to eliminating this disease.
Our challenges don't define us, our actions do. - Michael J. Fox
To learn more about this charity, please visit The Michael J. Fox Foundation website:
According to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation:
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Nearly one million people in the US are living with Parkinson's disease. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms.
Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain, called neurons. Parkinson's primarily affects neurons in the an area of the brain called the substantia nigra. Some of these dying neurons produce dopamine, a chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. As PD progresses, the amount of dopamine produced in the brain decreases, leaving a person unable to control movement normally.
The specific group of symptoms that an individual experiences varies from person to person. Primary motor signs of Parkinson’s disease include the following.
tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
bradykinesia or slowness of movement
rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
postural instability or impaired balance and coordination