MJFF Board member Sonny Whelen has been driving race cars for the past 12 years. During six of those, heís had Parkinsonís disease. But this hasnít stopped him from winning won two national championships in the Viper Racing League.
Whelen recently announced his retirement from racing, deciding instead to ďrace for a cureĒ for Parkinsonís. He says, ďI do as much as I can. I learned how to drive, to race, I started a team. Iím doing the same with Parkinsonís disease. I became involved with The Michael J. Fox Foundation, because theyíre devoted to finding a cure.Ē
Whelen has joined Team Fox to help speed Parkinsonís research progress. Heís turned several upcoming racing-related events in community fundraisers and is hosting a concert. Heís also excited about MJFFís $50-million Brin Wojcicki Challenge. ďWeíre at $30 million and weíre hoping to raise the rest before the end of the year. Thatís my new challenge, and Iím challenging all my fellow racers out there, too.Ē
Whelen says, ď[Parkinsonís] is something you can continue to live with, and still do a lot of the things you want to doÖ Iíve still had a lot of fun, and even won a couple of races.Ē
Read more in the North American Road Racing Associationís press release.