Michael J.Fox Foundation Uses Parkinson’s Awareness Month to Promote Summer Events

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During Parkinson’s Awareness Month the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) wants to help those making summer plans turn their hobbies into a fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease research.

As part of the effort, the foundation has selected some of the best outdoors fundraisers taking place this year, including cycling, walking, running or swimming for Parkinson’s.

Anyone can register for a local event and help advance research toward a cure. There are options available for patients and their community to help the movement.

Fox Trot 5K Run/Walks

The foundation hosts an increasing number of Fox Trot 5K run/walks nationwide every year. This year, people can join the Orlando Fox Trot 5K run/walk on May 19 in Orlando, Florida, or the New York City Fox Trot 5K in Riverside Park, New York City, on Aug. 9.

If there is no 5K run/walk planned nearby, people may choose any race in their community and fundraise through Team Fox, or select other athletic and community-hosted events featured on the foundation’s website.

Tour de Fox Cycling Series

For those who prefer cycling, the Tour de Fox Cycling Series is back with two new events. Along with tour stops in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sonoma County, California, and Greenville, South Carolina, the tour will be heading to Southlake, Texas and Madison, New Jersey.

Pedaling 4 Parkinson’s

For those seeking an additional challenge, they can join a group of friends and meet in Denver, Colorado,  for Pedaling 4 Parkinson’s on June 16.

New England Parkinson’s Ride

The largest independent Team Fox will be joining the 11th annual New England Parkinson’s Ride, in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, on Sept. 8. All events host rides of different difficulty and distances, so that everyone can participate.

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

For those who would like to add water sports to the fund-raising challenge, there will be an “Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon” where participants can swim, bike and run their way closer to a cure for Parkinson’s. On June 3, Team Fox also will join the event.

The initiative’s goal is to get communities involved and help advance critical research to find a cure for this life-debilitating disease. Check here for more information about the events or other opportunities to participate in Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

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