Written by my sister, Kelly Maccioli
We are a team of 3 sisters, Kelly, Bridget, and Megan Raiano. 5 years ago we had all just gotten back from a worldwind family trip to Italy, we had the time of our lives, but our mother, Carol, was starting to notice that she couldn't quite keep up with the rest of us. The trip took a physical toll on her that it had not on the remaining 4 of us. A few months later she was diagnosed with Parkinson's Diease.
We have spent the last 5 years learning not only about the disease, but what we can do to help and now we're taking a step up! All 3 of us will be running the Inflatible 5k at UMass Dartmouth as Team Fox members in support of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, and in honor of our mother. Why shouldn't fundraising be fun, right?!
At her most recent appointment, her Parkinson's Specialist gave our mother some good news - she most likely has 10 more years of good function to look forward too! Good news like this would not be possible without the research funded, pushed for, and done by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. 5 years ago we were unsure of the path we were all about to go down and now we have not only a much better picture but hope for more years to come! Please help us reach our fundraising goal to support this wonderful foundation and bring awareness to this disease.
Five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease — a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder. In the United States, 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. 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 Michael J. Fox Foundation’s (MJFF) grassroots community fundraising program. Its members include thousands of people worldwide who generate funds and awareness for Parkinson’s disease research. All funds raised through Team Fox go directly to MJFF to advance its mission to accelerate the delivery of life-changing treatments, and ultimately a cure, to people with Parkinson’s disease.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is honored by your support. Since 2001, the Foundation has maintained an uncompromising pace — strategically targeting our resources to achieve maximum impact on patients’ lives, funding work on over 100 therapeutic targets to the tune of more than $450 million to date. MJFF also understands that patients are the key to a cure and is actively engaged with the PD community. To help connect patients and their loved ones with the clinical trials that urgently need their participation, the Foundation created a Web tool, Fox Trial Finder. Whether you have PD or not, you can play a critical role in moving research forward — create your profile now!
Your timing to step up for Team Fox couldn’t be better. Be a part of the answer and help us speed a cure for Parkinson’s today!