MJFF’s Virtual Walk or Run for Parkinson’s Research Set for May 7-9

MJFF’s Virtual Walk or Run for Parkinson’s Research Set for May 7-9
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The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) is hosting its second virtual walk event this weekend, and for the first time a three-day effort spanning May 7–9, to raise money to support research for Parkinson’s disease.

Registration for the Virtual 5K/10K/Half Marathon is available online. Runners and walkers in the Parkinson’s community are encouraged to participate however they are able to — at a local park, in their backyard, on a treadmill, or anywhere that they can safely participate. Participants can select their own distance and start time.

“The Foundation is proud to play a role in bringing the worldwide Parkinson’s community together through on-ramps of virtual activities with a shared goal in mind of maintaining momentum in Parkinson’s research,” Liz Diemer, director of Team Fox and community events at MJFF, said in a press release.

“It’s the magic of the community and their dedication that is forging us ahead toward the advancement of better treatments and a cure around the corner,” Diemer added.

Team Fox, the grassroots community fundraising program of the MJFF, is reported to have raised more than $95 million for research efforts since its 2006 founding.

MJFF previously hosted the annual, in-person Fox Trot 5K series. However, when such large gatherings were made unsafe by the global pandemic, it switched gears to launch its first Virtual 5K/10K last October.

Nearly 5,800 people participated in the event, taking place in all 50 U.S. states and 19 countries worldwide. This virtual walk/run raised $1.4 million for Parkinson’s research — the most money the foundation has raised to date in a single 5K event, according to the MJFF. Highlights and pictures from last fall’s event can be found online.

This spring’s run, featuring a longer distance for individuals looking for a challenge, is open to people who participated in prior events as well as newcomers.

The MJFF is planning another Virtual 5K/10K for October.

“In 20 years, the Foundation has funded over $1 billion in research that will — I am confident — will lead to a cure in my lifetime,” said Jamie Hoag, a Team Fox athlete with Parkinson’s who ran the Boston Marathon to support the foundation in 2019.

“I am doing my part by joining the community in purpose-led events like MJFF’s Run/Walk series to help move research forward,” Hoag added.

Marisa holds an MS in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. She specializes in cancer biology, immunology, and genetics. Marisa began working with BioNews in 2018, and has written about science and health for SelfHacked and the Genetics Society of America. She also writes/composes musicals and coaches the University of Pittsburgh fencing club.
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Patrícia holds her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has studied Applied Biology at Universidade do Minho and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been focused on molecular genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites.
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Marisa holds an MS in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. She specializes in cancer biology, immunology, and genetics. Marisa began working with BioNews in 2018, and has written about science and health for SelfHacked and the Genetics Society of America. She also writes/composes musicals and coaches the University of Pittsburgh fencing club.
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