Wayne Lauds Pocono Fox Trot Fundraising for Parkinson’s Disease
HONESDALE (June 6, 2017) – As the Wayne County Commissioners issued a proclamation for Parkinson’s Awareness Month, they learned that Northeast Pennsylvania’s only Michael J. Fox Foundation event has raised more than $50,000 in its first two years.
Roland Grote said the third annual Pocono Fox Trot 5K Walk/Fun Run and 1 Mile Community Walk for Parkinson’s Research will be held, rain or shine, Saturday, June 17, at Ann Street Park in downtown Milford. Registration starts at 8 am.
“We hope to remove the stigma associated with Parkinson’s Disease and offer support to patients and families,” Grote noted.
The event was founded in 2015 not only to raise money for a cure but also to bring together all the Parkinson’s Disease resources available locally. It raised $22,000 that first year and another $30,000 last year. The goal for 2017 is $35,000.
The After-Party includes the Resource Fair, free food, music and a gift basket raffle at the Ann Street Park.
The 5K Fun Run and Walk begin at 9 am and the one-mile Community Walk gets underway at 10 o’clock with a Kids Dash and Virtual 5K planned as well. Register for all four events online.
If you are not able to attend you can donate online, or send checks payable to Pocono Fox Trot 5K, Box 2776, Gold Key Lakes, Milford, PA 18337.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation has funded more than $700 million to speed a cure, investing more than half of that in altering the disease by helping develop a treatment to restore damaged dopamine neurons, nearly a quarter on defining Parkinson’s and nearly as much on addressing untreated symptoms of the disease. Learn more at the Michael J. Fox Foundation website.
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Andrea C. Whyte, Human Services Administrator
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