This weekend Derick and I are off to NYC to participate in the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in Central Park. We will join thousands of people with Parkinson’s disease, and their families and friends, for the 19th Annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk. The Unity Walk is the largest grassroots fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease research in the country.
Why Do I Walk for Team Fox?
I am a cause-head. I can get on a tangent about almost any injustice or indignity that the human race can inflict or endure. I am this way because I believe more than anything, advocacy is the strongest tool we have to educate and connect people. Four years ago I joined Team Fox, the fundraising arm of the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
This is a cause I have taken to heart for many reasons. First, I LOVE causes as we already discussed. Second, my grandfather, George Hanauer, had Parkinson‘s Disease. Third, after having read Michael J. Fox’s book, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist I was moved by the vivid descriptions of the day-to-day life of a person living with this degenerative disease. I was also discouraged to find out how little we know about it. The only thing we do know for sure, is its progression.
- An estimated one million people in the United States and nearly five million worldwide are living with Parkinson‘s disease.
- In the United States, 60,000 new cases of PD will be diagnosed this year alone.
- There is no known cure for Parkinson‘s disease. Currently available treatments temporarily mask symptoms while the disease continues to progress.
- The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson‘s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda. MJFF is committed to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson‘s today. As the largest private funder of PD research worldwide, MJFF works to identify and prioritize scientific solutions that hold promise to improve patients’ quality of life.