I'm running the New York City Marathon on November 3rd, 2019 with Team Fox for my Dad, Richard Marasco, and all the loved one's of my friends and colleagues who've been impacted by Parkinson's disease. My goal is to raise awareness, raise money for a research and do something to bring us a few steps closer to relief for those living with Parkinson's or at best a cure. My Dad and Mom live with all the things that add up to Parkinson's every day. They are troopers and my love for them is fueling my dedication to training and running 26.2 miles on a single day this November in New York City.
An estimated five million people worldwide live with Parkinson's today. The more I fundraise the more families I meet who are or have been impacted by this disease.
My running and fundraising are also to support my friends and their loved ones with Parkinson’s: my friend Suria’s dad Hassan ElBietar and supporting wife Marina, my friend Monica’s dad Ron Hansen, a coworker's partner who was diagnosed in 2018, my colleague’s mother, my coworker Dan’s mother Vicki Smith, my friend Deb’s father in-law Bill Bailey and his supporting wife Laura and in memory of my friend Jerry Lynch, my co-worker Elena’s grandfather, my friend' Suzanne’s mother and Jennifer Shipe's grandfather Cal Shipe. The more I socialize my fundraising effort, the more people I know who's families have been impacted by the disease.
In the United States, approximately 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. It is the second most common neurological disorder. There is no known cure. Together, we can 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. 100 percent of Team Fox proceeds go straight to MJFF’s programmatic efforts.
Raising $5,000 was my original goal, between you and me I set out to crush that goal. GOOD NEWS! Team Marasco hit and passed the $5,000 goal on 7/30/19 and I increased our goal to $8,000. On 9/25/19, Team Marasco support passed our $8,000 goal and I increase our goal to $10,000. Woot! On 10/5/19, Team Marasco supporters crushed the $10,000 goal and I increased our goal to $13,000! #mindblown #endlessinspirationtorun #grateful
Here's to setting goals and crushing them! Every dollar counts. Thank you for your support and generous donations!