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About The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF)
  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) exists to eliminate Parkinson's disease in our lifetime.
  • The Foundation is the world's largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson's research.
  • Since its founding in 2000, the Foundation has funded more than $1 billion in global research.
  • 88 cents of every dollar spent goes straight to programs to speed a cure for Parkinson's.

Learn more about the Foundation and ways to get involved in our mission at michaeljfox.org.

About Parkinson's disease

  • Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60.
    • ​Parkinson's is the second most common neurogenerative disorder after Alzheimer's 
    • While the average age at onset is 60, some people are diagnosed at 40 or younger
  • An estimated 6 million people worldwide (and 1 million people in the United States) are living with Parkinson's disease.
  • There is no objective test, or biomarker for Parkinson's disease, so the rate of misdiagnosis can be relatively high.
  • Everyone gets their own version of Parkinson's disease. The cardinal symptoms of Parkinson's disease are resting tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity. Many people also experience balance problems. Non-motor symptoms can include depression, cognitive impairment, digestive issues, fatigue and insomnia among others. 
  • Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson's.

About the Run/Walk Series
Inspired by our community, The Michael J. Fox Foundation established the Fox Trot 5K Run/Walk Series in 2017 in our local area of New York City.   Since then, our Series has evolved and expanded to several locations across the United States. These family-friendly events connect those living with Parkinson's, their loved ones, supporters and community partners. In 2020 and 2021, the Series pivoted to a virtual event, uniting our Run/Walk community from a distance during the pandemic. 

Collectively, this Series has raised over $5 million and united over 17,000 participants across the United States and internationally. One hundred percent of the funds raised through the Run/Walk Series go directly to MJFF's high-impact research programs to speed better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's.  



Other Ways to Get Involved and Help Speed a Cure

  • Join the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), MJFF’s landmark study to better understand and measure Parkinson's disease. Learn more at michaeljfox.org/ppmi.  
  • Find clinical trials near you with Fox Trial Finder. Learn more at foxtrialfinder.org
  • Advocate for government policies that accelerate drug development and reduce barriers to care and support services. Learn more at michaeljfox.org/policy
  • Organize a local fundraising event or participate in an official race with Team Fox. Be a part of a worldwide community turning their passions into successful  fundraisers to benefit MJFF. Get inspired at teamfox.org
  • Grab your helmet and join the Tour de Fox Cycling Series. Thousands of dedicated cyclists are part of MJFF's Tour de Fox community, established in 2016. Join us on the road in Wine Country. Find out more at tourdefox.org.