Although it may not be as publicized as other diseases, Parkinson’s disease poses a serious threat to people around the world. For this reason, actor Michael J. Fox—who suffers from Parkinson’s—and his nonprofit organization continue to help those affected by the disease by raising awareness and funding research for it. According to Medscape:
“Michael J. Fox is ramping up his efforts to spread the word about Parkinson’s disease (PD).
Diagnosed with the disease himself in 1991, the actor, perhaps best known for his roles in the sitcom Family Ties and the Back to the Future movie trilogy, as well as being a PD activist, is featured in the new American Academy of Neurology (AAN) educational video, Parkinson’s Disease: A Guide for Patients and Families.
Fox has also launched a study looking into the link between PD and loss of smell…
The smell study is part of the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), which works to find biological markers of the disease…
To date, the MJFF has funded $375 million for PD research.”
Health experts estimate that nearly one million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease, and that 60,000 new cases are detected every year in the United States. You can do your part to help researchers learn more about preventing and treating Parkinson’s disease by holding your own fundraising events. Here are two simple charity fundraising ideas to help get you started:
Ask your city or neighborhood officials if you can block off a few miles of road to stage a charitable fun run. Fun runs are a great fundraising idea because people of all ages can actively participate in such events. Don’t forget to offer races of different distances and to set up water stations for participants.
The Internet has been a great fundraising medium over the last few years because it allows nonprofits to reach a wider range of prospective donors. Forms of online charity fundraising include email solicitations, petitions, and auctions via online selling websites like eBay Giving Works.
These are only a few fundraising ideas you can start with to drive up donations benefiting studies on Parkinson’s disease. Your efforts can go a long way to helping researchers find ways to make lives better for millions of Americans living with Parkinson’s disease.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Michael J. Fox Featured in New Parkinson’s Video, Medscape, December 17, 2013)