Wednesday, 13 May 2009 18:28
Andrew Allen of Great Neck will hold a charity bike ride on Sunday, May 17, to raise funds for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF).
Andy aims to raise $5,000 or more to enable the Foundation to continue aggressively funding research to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease. He is cycling as a member of Team Fox, the Foundation’s project for supporting grassroots community fundraisers working to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s research.
“This ride will be the Sunday following Mother’s Day and will be a tribute to my mother’s warmth and spirit, Harriet Allen, who succumbed to Parkinson’s disease last year. This is not a race, just a leisurely bike ride circumnavigating around Great Neck. My hope is to raise dollars for Team Fox and awareness of the foundation’s efforts to someday cure this deadly disease,” said Allen.
The bike ride will start at Linden Plaza at 10 a.m. All riders must sign in beforehand and must have helmets plus provide an emergency phone number. A donation to the MJFF is also suggested.
Nearly five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease, a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder whose symptoms typically progress from mild tremors to complete physical incapacitation. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease. Current treatments mask symptoms but do not alter or slow disease progression.
In the United States, 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. The annual economic cost of Parkinson’s in the U.S. is estimated to exceed $25 billion.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is dedicated to ensuring the development of a cure for Parkinson’s disease within this lifetime through an aggressively funded research agenda.