On Sunday, August 5, joyful yelps, booming music and cheers of encouragement echoed inside the DojoBoom trampoline gym in Thousand Oaks, California where more than 450 guests and volunteers gathered to jump and flip at "Parkour 4 Parkinson's." The inaugural Team Fox fundraiser was the passion project of Akbar Gbajabiamila, Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Board member and host of NBC's television competition "American Ninja Warrior."
"I am blown away by the support that surrounded Parkour 4 Parkinson's. From the Ninjas flying in from all over the country, to the entire Fox Foundation" said Akbar. "Thank you to everyone who came out to this event -- I am so inspired by your support and know together we will find a cure!"
Mixed in with families from the Southern Californian Parkinson's community, more than 30 celebrity "Ninjas" from the famed TV show could be seen guiding children through obstacle courses, signing autographs and jumping on the gym floor. Between ticket sales and an onsite raffle, more than $65,000 (and counting!) was raised to help speed a cure for Parkinson's. As with all Team Fox events, 100 percent of funds raised will go directly to the high-impact research programs of MJFF.
But that's not all. "Parkour 4 Parkinson's" has gone virtual with an online auction that will have you jumping to bid at one-of-a-kind experience packages curated by Akbar himself. Now through August 15, visit michaeljfox.rallyup.com/akbar and outbid your friends for packages from Universal Studios Los Angeles, "American Ninja Warrior," the Los Angeles Chargers and "The Late Night Starring Jimmy Fallon." As a reminder, 100 percent of your winning bid will go directly to research to help us end Parkinson's disease.