Since Jayne Godfrey of Spanish Fort, AL, joined Team Fox in 2009, she has raised nearly $60,000 for Parkinsonís research. Prior to this year, her fundraising efforts included an annual Poolside for Parkinsonís eventóa way for her to entertain friends, raise funds and awareness for Parkinsonís disease research, and take control of her own PD diagnosis.
Diagnosed at age 39, Jayne felt her world turn upside down. The busy wife and mother of two eventually retired from her job as a paralegal and had to stop runningóa passion that she soon replaced with yoga. Fast forward five years to a positive, determined woman who has helped galvanize the Parkinsonís community in her area; since her diagnosis, three support groups have been established in her county and she has consistently raised funds and awareness for PD research each year.
Jayne remarks, ďI want to not only live successfully with PD but I want to help obliterate it. I have met wonderful people in my community and across the country who have been stuck in the prime of their lives with this debilitating disease and while my association with these people has blessed me in more ways than I can express, ending their struggle with Parkinsonís by funding better treatment options and a potential cure drives me on a daily basis.Ē
This year, her fundraising plans have switched gears. Instead of throwing her Poolside for Parkinsonís event, she is hosting a gala dinner complete with a silent auction, live music, raffle items and much more. This yearís event, Delta Starlight Shining for the Cure, will take place on Thursday, September 13 in Spanish Fort, AL. To learn more about Jayne and her event, check out this recent article from Gulf Coast News Today.
Pictured above, left to right: Jayneís brother Scott Barnard, Jayneís mom Mary Robbins, Michael J. Fox, Jayne, and Jayneís husband Tom Godfrey.