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"Just Keep Moving!"

2017 Hike Across The USA For Parkinson's Research

Five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease — a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder. 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.

Team Fox is the grassroots community fundraising program at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF). MJFF accelerates high-impact science through smart risk taking and problem solving with a commitment to urgency and efficiency. I’m one of thousands of people around the globe who are turning their passions into Team Fox fundraisers to help them speed a cure for Parkinson’s. When you give today, 100 percent of Team Fox proceeds go straight to MJFF research.

Hi. My name is Tommy Dellinger and I have Parkinson's disease. This is my story.

I was born and raised in rural Piedmont of North Carolina. I had a typical childhood growing up on 30 acres of pasture. My younger brother and I played outdoors almost daily, getting into our fair share of mischief. I played sports and was very active in the Boy Scouts, 4-H, music, and anything else I could find to do. I graduated high school after a mediocre career as a student in 1985. After 2 1/2 years as an even more mediocre college student I decided that college just wasn't for me. I enlisted in the US Army in 1988 and became an aerial observer/navigator/co-pilot in OH-58 helicopters, serving most of my career in Germany. After a few years of flying I left the Army, with a new wife and son in tow, and moved back home to North Carolina. It was the late fall of 1991. I enrolled in Basic Law Enforcement Training at the local community college in the spring of 1992 and was sworn in as an officer for the City of Cherryville, NC Police Department in August 1992. I later finished an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice and joined the North Carolina Highway Patrol in 1997. I had finally reached the pinnacle of law enforcement! I was a North Carolina State Trooper! I loved my job and my highway patrol family. Little did I know that things would change. In September 2005 my right elbow began to twitch. However being a big, bad, weight lifting, in shape trooper, I dismissed it as simply overdoing it. Then, over time, I noticed that it never stopped twitching. And there was more. I began to notice that my right arm didn't swing naturally like the left. I was having difficulty raising my right arm to shave, brush my teeth, and even to put food in my mouth. At my wife's suggestion I saw a neurologist. He examined me and started me on a regimen of Parkinson's medication then sent me to a movement specialist. Finally in May 2008 I had a diagnosis. I had Parkinson's disease. I was 40 years old. Once I was diagnosed, like most Parkinson's patients, I was able to trace my initial symptoms back about five years prior. That would have been 2001 for me. I was only 34 when it began. Those subtle signs were stiffness and rigidity in my right leg, foot, and calf. I never thought it was anything other than over training for a triathlon. My first thought after my diagnosis was what to tell my employer. I didn't want to lose the career I worked so hard to attain. After much thought and deliberation I told my co-workers and the staff at our office. I managed to work a total of almost 17 years on the road as a trooper before PD finally took its toll. I had to leave my career in July 2014. I was no longer a State Trooper. I went through bouts of depression, as do most PD patients. It took its toll on me as well as my family. In February 2017 I underwent Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. I won't bore you with the details of all that's involved, but the surgery was successful and my quality of life has greatly improved, so much so that I have decided to do something to raise money for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. In keeping with the PD unofficial slogan "Just Keep Moving!", I plan to do that very thing across the United States. Beginning September 1, 2017 in Ontario, California, I will begin the 2800 mile trek back to my home in North Carolina.

My goal is to raise $25000 dollars or more to donate to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Please help me reach this goal by donating to my fundraiser.

Thanks for your help,
Tommy D

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$11,910
raised of $25,000 goal
 

Upcoming Events

Tommy's Trek for Parkinson's Research Welcome Home 1/13/2018 1:00:00 PM Gaston County Police Department
Gastonia NC 28054

Achievements

Recent Donations

$100.00
1. DDonna & Terry Troutman
So proud of you Tommy Dellinger and the resilent man that you are. Way to be Trooper Strong during your trek to raise awareness! Love ya buddy
$100.00
2. TThe Benevity Community Impact Fund
3. HGHolly Gilbert
Kinmere neighbor
$20.00
4. ?Anonymous
$100.00
5. LLLinda Lynn
I am so proud of you and what you are doing. Keep Pounding.
$10.00
6. ?Anonymous