April 08, 2014

Help Me Out Run Parkinson's Disease

This is the cover image of Brent Peterson's book My Toughest Faceoff.

Peterson, a notable assistant coach nowadays, was a faceoff specialist and defensive centre who played over 600 NHL games. In the photo on the book Peterson is winning a faceoff against Wayne Gretzky.

But it his battle with Parkinson's Disease that may be his most inspiring story. And it certainly is his biggest faceoff. You can read much more about Peterson and the book here.

Five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease - a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder. In the United States, 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. There is no known cure for Parkinson's disease.

Interestingly enough, Peterson has received personal guidance and support from Michael J. Fox - the actor who has become the face of Parkinson's Disease.

Also interesting is that I found this photo of Michael J. Fox - a noted hockey fan from Vancouver - wearing a jersey similarly ugly as the one Peterson is wearing in the photo above:

On April 27th, 2014 I will be representing the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Team Fox at the Vancouver 10km Sun Run. I kindly asks for your support in raising money and awareness for Parkinson's disease research! Please donate at http://www2.michaeljfox.org/goto/joe

About Team Fox
Team Fox is The Michael J. Fox Foundation's (MJFF) grassroots community fundraising program. It is made up of thousands of people worldwide who raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease research. All funds raised through Team Fox go directly to MJFF to further its mission to accelerate the delivery of life-changing treatments, and ultimately a cure, to people with Parkinson's disease.

Help us #OutRunParkinsons

No comments: