Jason Runnels will Bicycle Across Illinois

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In Memory of His Father

Jason Runnels
Hi There! This is me and my dad. He was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's disease several decades before his passing in 2014.

For most of my formative years - and long before The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) was founded - he struggled with this chronic, degenerative neurological disorder. And yet, he always demonstrated stoicism. 

This year I'm attempting a personal challenge to raise awareness for this disease and to help MJFF speed to a cure for Parkinson's. On June 19, 2022 - before sunrise - I plan to start my same-day bicycle adventure across the state of Illinois.

My journey will start on the banks of the Mississippi River and end at the shores of Lake Michigan - hopefully before sunset! I will be pedaling for 180 miles, or 290 kilometers, (which is nearly a "triple metric century!") While I expect to suffer through long hours on my bicycle, it'll pale in comparison to the years and decades of suffering so many with Parkinson's endure.

There's still no cure, and more than 5,000,000 people worldwide are currently living with Parkinson's disease. But through your support of Team Fox, you can help change this.

Can I count on you to help me achieve my fundraising goal of $25,000 by June 19, 2022?

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. When you give today, 100 percent of Team Fox proceeds go straight to MJFF research programs.

Thank you for your support and encouragement!

PS. This challenge will test my physical and mental limits - and so I'll post updates for supporters who want to track my progress.
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Jason Runnels will Bicycle Across Illinois 6/19/2022 5:30:00 AM
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