March 15, 2017
BENEFITING: VAN ANDEL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017
I am running the 2017 Chicago Marathon in an effort to raise funds for the Van Andel Institute in support of Parkinson's and cancer research. Parkinson's disease has greatly impacted my family's life. At 40 years old my father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. For the next ten years he struggled with the symptoms; involuntary shaking and jerking, difficulty sleeping, a blank facial expression, difficulty thinking, soft voice, and loss of fine motor skills, while doctor's tried unsuccessfully to adjust his medication and reduce his symptoms. Running out of options in 2011 he underwent a six hour operation for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)—a set of thin wire electrodes sunk deep into his brain to carry a regulating electrical signal to his misbehaving neurons. Through DBS, medications and extensive physical therapy he has been able to delay or reduce some of these symptoms. My dad has lost so much to Parkinson's already and there is no cure. Please help me raise funds to support research to find a cure for Parkinson's disease.
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