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7 marathons, 7 continents, 7 days . . . What's Next?

Bret Parker

I did it!! 7 marathons, 7 continents, 7 days!!!! Thanks so much to those who gave (and those who smartly saved some of their donation to wait and see if I finished before giving or giving again). Some news story links below, including a Washington Post story and video. We raised over $260,000 and every dollar goes to research! Thanks so much!!!

wapo.st/2BQG4Lu

chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-meet-the-people-7-day-marathon-challenge-20180209-story.html

law.com/newyorklawjournal/sites/newyorklawjournal/2018/02/08/nyc-bar-leader-runs-seven-marathons-in-seven-days-raising-210k/?slreturn=20180111070615

sun-sentinel.com/sports/dave-hyde-blog/fl-sp-hyde-seven-marathons-20180123-story.html

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Over ten years ago, at the age of 38, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease -- a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder. It was shocking. Married with two young kids, I had no idea how long I would feel healthy enough even to work.

Fast forward and today I'm on the Patient Council of the Michael J. Fox Foundation and have done the best I can to raise awareness and funds for research through various runs (including a marathon), a skydive, a triathlon and a mountain climb. My friends, family and co-workers have been insanely generous and supportive, but the 10th anniversary of my diagnosis (and before I turn 50) seems to call for something bigger. So here it is:

7 marathons, 7 continents, 7 days.

In January 2018, I'll be part of a group participating in the World Marathon Challenge. We'll travel to Antarctica and then go to South Africa, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Colombia and finish in Miami.

This will not be easy. It will take almost a year to train. My symptoms (tremors, rigidity, foot cramps and fatigue to name just a few) will try to get in the way. French fries, cookies and pizza will try to stop me. I won't let them, but once again I need your help. This is the largest fundraising goal I've set so far and I appreciate everything you can do to support this effort and spread the word.

Here are some stories about the effort:

27east.com/news/article.cfm/East-End/531218/Parker-Nelson-Get-Set-To-Embark-On-International-Journey

law.com/newyorklawjournal/sites/newyorklawjournal/2017/10/13/ny-city-bar-leader-prepares-for-race-of-a-lifetime

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 programs.

There are five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease. I'm only one of them, but with your help perhaps we can find better treatments and a cure. From the bottom of my heart, thanks so much!

Best,
Bret

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$8,900
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$250.00
1. SZSamantha Zirkin
Inspiring work! So supportive of your mission.
$6,200.00
2. KKatharine and Bret Parker
$250.00
3. JFJane Fina
I know that Birthday gifts were discouraged but I just had to make a donation in your honor. Happy Birthday Bret, I’m so proud of you and was thrilled to share your 50th birthday with you. Love you always, Aunt Jane (& Uncle Charlie, too)
$1,000.00
4. LLiz and Chris Rile
In honor of you and all of your amazing accomplishments...and in honor of the BIG 5-0! Happy happy birthday to you!
$1,000.00
5. JJonathan O'Brien
$100.00
6. ARAlan Rothstein