Monroy Joins Team Fox to Raise Funds and Awareness for Parkinson's Disease11/15/2011 22:22
TRIATHLETE MEGAN MONROY TO HELP PROMOTE AWARENESS AND RAISE FUNDS FOR THE MICHAEL J. FOX FOUNDATION FOR PARKINSON’S RESEARCH
Megan Monroy, aka Mega Meg, of Orange County will be racing and dedicating the most important race of her season (Nationals) on August 18th, 2012 as a member of Team Fox to raise funds for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF).
Monroy aims to raise $6,000 or more to enable the Foundation to continue aggressively funding research to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease. She is a dedicated triathlete, surfer, adventurer, and life explorer, and as a member of Team Fox, the Foundation’s project for supporting grassroots community fundraisers working to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s research.
“I chose to dedicate the most important race of my season as part of Team Fox on behalf of my Uncle. Every day he, along with his amazing wife, son, and caretaker, experience the struggles many of us take for granted in our every day lives. I wanted to do something personally to further not only for the Foundation’s work, but to spread the awareness of Parkinson's. They are funding cutting-edge research to bring meaningful advances in treatments and eventually a cure to people affected by this disease,” said Monroy.
Over five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease — a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder whose symptoms typically progress from mild tremors to a stiffening of muscles leading to complete physical incapacitation, the kind in which Monroy's Uncle has. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease. Current treatments mask symptoms but do not alter or slow disease progression.
In the United States, 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. The annual economic cost of Parkinson’s in the U.S. is estimated to exceed $25 billion. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to ensuring the development of better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda.
To learn more on what you can do to help please visit Megan's fund raising page at www.teamfox.org/mega-meg