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“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox

Melissa Wells

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox

If you have had the opportunity to meet my brother Michael, you know what a funny, smart, and kind man he is. He is a great husband, father, son, and brother, he blessed me with my favorite role in the world as an aunt, and he works hard to make Lubbock a better community. In 2016, he was also one of the 5 million people worldwide diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. I am so proud of his strength in his fight against young-onset Parkinson’s and am prepared to stand with him in this battle until researchers find a cure.

As a proud member of Team Fox, I will be running the Willie McCool Memorial Half Marathon on May 4 in Lubbock to raise funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Yes, I know that I am basically the human equivalent of an indoor cat, and I might have to find a clown with a knife to chase me for 13.1 miles. Whatever it takes. Dolly Jo and I have begun our training, and I am excited and inspired to take on this challenge. I believe every step in my half marathon journey will shorten the road to a cure.

Over five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) — a chronic degenerative neurological disorder whose symptoms typically progress from mild tremors to complete physical incapacitation. In the United States, 60,000 new cases of PD will be diagnosed this year alone. While the average age of onset is 60, an estimated five to 10 percent of people with PD experience onset at age 40 or younger

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.


Best - Melissa

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