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Matthew Barbaccia

My journey across the United States is much more than a bike trip. It is for my uncle, my grandfather, all those who currently suffer or have suffered from Parkinson’s disease (PD). My family has been impacted by PD and I have seen it’s effect on people first hand. I believe PD has a cure, and it's in the power of people like us to support research to find it. Five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease. In the United States alone, 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year. These people suffer from a decline in dopamine levels over time, and it is saddening to see what they have to give up a as result.

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 speed a cure for Parkinson’s. Through Ride4Parkinsons, 100 percent of donations go directly to Team Fox, and 100 percent of Team Fox proceeds go straight to MJFF research programs.

I consider myself privileged as an individual, capable of doing many things thanks to good health, and focused on making a difference by spreading awareness and raising funds for research. There are many people out there with PD who would give anything to ride a bike, let alone use their legs freely. I ride to give hope to those anxiously waiting for a cure; for those who are yet to be effected by the disease; for a world free of Parkinson's disease. I look forward to contributing my part to this worthy cause, and I find more confidence in the multitude of people who will fight along side me. 

Enjoy the ride - Matt

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$18,669
raised of $50,000 goal
 

Upcoming Events

The Ride4Parkinsons Official Start Day 2/27/2017 9:00:00 AM Jacksonville Beach
Jacksonville FL 32250

Achievements

Recent Donations

$500.00
1. JJohnson & Johnson
$100.00
2. JJ. Kozel & Son, Inc
$390.00
3. 44-M Bar, Inc
$100.00
4. DDaniel Quigley
$200.00
5. DDaniel Quigley
$100.00
6. SSara McLaughlin