The Parker’s Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro fundraising expedition was launched on July 4, 2010 by Pamela and Geoffrey Parker. The Parker’s will begin their climb in Tanzania, East Africa on July 4, 2011 to raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease and valuable donations for the Michael J Fox Foundation. 100% of the funds raised will be donated to the MJFF. The Parker’s are fully funding their climb.
Geoff and Pam have been contributing to the Michael J Fox Foundation since 2006 when Geoff was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. “We believe in the Fox Foundation and are so encouraged by their aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with PD.” The Fox Foundation is leading the way to a cure by spearheading research that is often overlooked by government and industry funders. More than five million people world-wide have Parkinson’s Disease and will benefit directly from this research. We also believe other neurological disorders could benefit by the research that is being conducted and if a cure for PD is found it could open up the doors to help in the cure of other brain disorders.
www.parkersclimb.com will allow friends to follow the Parker’s progress over the next year as they train to climb to the Roof of Africa at 19,340 feet. It will be a personal view into the lives of a couple who just want to make a difference. Most people train an average of six months for Kilimanjaro, but most people are not climbing five and a half years after being diagnosed with the disease.
“I believe Geoff can provide inspiration to others living with PD”. He has always been athletic and today he follows a strict physical regimen that appears to be slowing the progression of the disease. He has never once said “why me”, he just keeps moving and living with this positive attitude that is bigger than life!
If we can touch one life, bring peace to one PD patient who is struggling to place one foot in front of the other we will have been successful. If we can educate those who know little about this disease and raise funds for the cure it may well be the greatest accomplishment of our lifetime.