Like organizations worldwide, The Michael J. Fox Foundation has postponed all public events through the end of May in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
Since it was founded in 2006, our grassroots community continues to be a great source of support and inspiration. While we can't be together in person, we promise to share ways for you to engage with each other during this time. Below, we're keeping a running list of opportunities to be together -- virtually!
Celebrate #GlobalRunningDay with “Foxy Bingo”: Week of June 1
In honor of Global Running Day on Wednesday, June 3, get moving with Team Fox! Visit Team Fox’s Instagram to download the board and get started today. You can play directly on your mobile device by taking a screen shot of the bingo board, opening the image in your photos, and using the markup tool to cross off boxes. Complete two rows, two columns, or two diagonals and email your board to email@example.com to be entered to win a foxy prize!
SoCal Ride for Parkinson's: Saturday, June 6
The SoCal Ride for Parkinson's team is calling on our community to get moving to support Parkinson's research -- wherever and whenever you can! Sign up and run, walk or cycle any distance before June 6.
Virtual Half Marathon for Parkinson's: Sunday, June 7
Set your own path or hop on a treadmill and complete a half marathon to support Parkinson's research. All finishers will receive a digital medal.
11th Annual Pedaling 4 Parkinson's: June 1-30
This year, you don’t have to travel far to be part of the largest Team Fox event in Colorado. Make the most of your miles by helping them reach their goal of 25,000 miles in the month of June.
Exercise to Defeat Parkinson's: You choose!
The idea originated in Pennsylvania, but this Team Fox event has always enabled participation from anywhere at any time. Get creative by selecting the type of exercise, the time and the place. Go for a walk, practice yoga in your living room, take dance lessons on YouTube or challenge your family to a push-up contest. The possibilities are endless.
Pushups 4 Parkinson's: You choose!
Do 10 pushups and share a video or pictures on social media using #my101010. Tag 10 friends to take the pushup challenge and give $10 today. All proceeds benefit Team Fox and other PD organizations. Get creative and have some fun with it!
The following events have already happened; but you can still support them and find additional inspiration for your own events:
For years, the West Virginia Fox Trot has built a dedicated community of runners, walkers, supporters and volunteers in Charleston. On March 21, the event organizers brought that community together online. The West Virginia Fox Trot transformed its 5K around downtown Charleston into a completely virtual experience open to everyone.
On World Parkinson's Day, Team Fox members Jimmy Choi, Bill Bucklew, Eric Johnson and Peter Leech hosted a five-minute online workout to bring world record awareness to the disease.
Once again Kickin' Parkinson's teamed up with the Crescent City Classic, an annual 10K based in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year, the Crescent City Classic made the move to go virtual on World Parkinson's Day. They proved it's possible to unite the community from afar and paved the way for other virtual races.
Jane and Jack Armistead rallied their community in Athens, Georgia and beyond to help outpace Parkinson's. Runners and walkers chose their own method of completing 3.1 miles and 1 mile, respectively, and reported their times.
This longstanding Team Fox fundraiser made the move to go virtual on May 3. Runners submitted photos of their distance and time, and results were uploaded to the race website. All runners received a t-shirt and finishers medal for completing.
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