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Bill Brown

Thanks for visiting my web page! Last year was my second year fundraising with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research which is the leading funding organization for Parkinson's research in the world. I was overwhelmed and humbled by the level of support I received. It was also a year that saw major advances in research to find a cure to Parkinson’s Disease. All of this has me excited for a third year in this endeavor.

Those of you who know me know how much I enjoy endurance activities: rowing, kayaking, biking, running, hiking and skiing. Imagine my surprise when I was diagnosed with Parkinson's four years ago, and have probably had it for closer to six years. My dad also had Parkinson's, and he always had a positive attitude and worked hard to minimize the effects of the disease and supported those researching for a cure. He was a great role model in so many ways!

One of the best things you can do to minimize the effects of Parkinson's is exercise and that's what I plan on doing between February and August 2019. I'm going to ski 5 Worldloppet Nordic ski races in 5 different countries to raise money for Parkinson's research. The Worldloppet series consists of the biggest and best races in twenty countries around the world. (If I complete all five, then I will be one of the few Americans to have done all twenty!) I'm also going to warm up with a local marathon in Wisconsin in January with friends. I'll be skiing the following races:

- Birkie Tour (Wisconsin 48 km with my friends Andy & Charlie)
- Tartu Maraton (Estonia 63 km with Karen)
- Finlandia-Hiihto (Finland 50 km with Karen)
- Demino Ski Marathon (Russia 50 km with my friend Pat)
- Engadin Skimaraathon (Switzerland 42 km with Karen, Pat and my son Luke)
- Ushuaia Loppet (Argentina 50 km with Karen)

That's 303 km (188 miles.) Skiing is a little tougher with Parkinson's but it's something I love doing and hopefully I can also help raise needed funding for important research.

Will you please join me in this effort by making a donation for every kilometer I ski? (10 cents/km is $30. 34 cents/km is $100, etc.) I've made the first donation! Last year together Ski for Parkinson's raised $116,000, and I've set a goal to personally raise $75,000 for 2019. Thanks to a generous foundation, every dollar I raise will be matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000! Additionally, this year 100% OF MONEY RAISED BY TEAM FOX GOES TO RESEARCH.

Thank you very much,
Bill

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$37,400
raised of $75,000 goal
 

Achievements

Recent Donations

$18,700.00
1. AAnonymous
$1,000.00
2. SBSally Brown
3. ESEllen Stein
If you inspire my brother Bob Stein then you definitely inspire me. And I have a cycling friend diagnosed at 30. She has channeled her motivation to cure Parkinsons by organizing the Rasputista...put that on your list! Be well.
$250.00
4. RSRobert Stein
The snow may be gone (?) but my thoughts of you, your cause, and the need to beat this is very much present. Another impressive year of nordic accomplishments!
5. SWStephen Wolfe
Keep on riding!
6. GKGregory King
Captain

Team SkiforParkinsons2019

$72,076
$100,000