After months of planning, Team Fox member Anna Wolfe stood before a crowd of over 200 local supporters on October 18 and warmly welcomed them to the 9th Annual North Shore Walk for Parkinson’s Disease. A homegrown effort founded in 2007 with just 25 attendees, this family-friendly 3-mile walk from the First Church Congregational down along the sea wall has quickly gained traction as a celebrated annual tradition for many locals in Swampscott, Massachusetts.
“It’s meant a lot to me personally,” shares Anna, whose father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 18 years ago. “You kind of feel helpless when something like this happens to your family. For me, raising money for research is a way to support my father and help both him and the community get closer to a cure.”
Since that first event in 2007, the North Shore walk has raised nearly $200,000 for Parkinson’s research through Team Fox. With a goal of $30,000 this year, Anna is excited to continue growing that impact and is already looking towards their 10th Annual next Fall.
For Anna’s father Daniel, a retired physician, the walk has been a catalyst for encouragement and hope. “I’ve had to give up all of my sports activities and I had to give up my practice, which was very difficult. It’s taken a lot of strength and courage to work through this, but I’ve had tremendous support from my family, friends and others. [Parkinson’s] never really gets better, it’s progressive and there is no cure for it right now. A lot of it is about your attitude and how you approach it,” he reflects.” But, as Anna reminds him, and all those in a similar situation- “The human spirit is very powerful and I would say to anyone [living with Parkinson’s]… to never give up hope.”
A big Team Fox thanks to Anna, the Wistran/Wolfe family and all who attended on the 18th! Read more about the 9th Annual North Shore Walk for Parkinson’s. #GoTeamFox