Team Parkinson Sets New Fundraising Record at Los Angeles Marathon and Receives Community Recognition
March 3, 2002
On March 3, 2002, 72 athletes, many with PD, set a new record by raising close to $85,000 for Team Parkinson when they participated in LA Marathon events. The LA Marathon is the fourth largest in the world. Founded by Mary Yost three years ago, Team Parkinson, an official charity of the LA Marathon, increases Parkinsons disease public awareness and raises funds for research. On February 15th, Team Parkinson was recognized by the LA City Council for its work. Present to receive the recognition were Mary Yost, May May Ali, honorary captain and daughter of Muhammad Ali, Aaron Moretzsky, Dana Schneider, John Ball, and chair of Team Parkinson, Edna Ball.
At the LA Marathon/Honda media luncheon on February 21st, John Ball and May May Ali were honored for their support of Team Parkinson. Additionally, Team Parkinson had a booth at the Quality of Life Expo at the LA Convention Center. On March 2nd, Team Parkinson athletes, sponsors and volunteers attended a carbo-loading dinner at Taix French Restaurant. During dinner, Dr. Marie Francoise Chesselet from UCLA and Dr. Michael Jakowec from USC spoke on research developments in the Parkinsons area. They stressed how vital fundraising for research is and inspired everyone with hope for the future.
On race day, 22 Team Parkinson athletes participated in the 26.2 mile Marathon, 15 in the 20+ mile Acura LA Bike Tour, and 35 in the 3.1 mile LA Times 5K Run/Walk, including Mrs. Sydelle Mills, who was pushed in a wheelchair by her husband Harold and their son Mitchell. Team Parkinsons loud and enthusiastic cheering section, complete with music and a microphone, encouraged all marathoners, especially its team members. Highlights included John Ball completing his 7th marathon with PD; Moses Remedios, completing his first marathon with PD; May May Ali running for Team Parkinson with Moses and inspiring him to completion; John and Edna Balls children, David and Sarah, completing their first marathon; and Mary Yost bravely walking more than half the course. The Acura LA Bike Tour featured Jim Wetherell, Ted Bean and Kelly Stuart, all with PD. The LA Times 5K was completed by PD participants Stacey Downing, Florence Woolery, Susan Lev and David Schneider, who came all the way from Japan. Team Parkinsons grand prize winners for most money raised were Aaron and Harriet Moretzsky, who thus far have raised almost $15,000.
Team Parkinson continues to make a difference in the Parkinsons community. For more information on how you can get involved with Team Parkinson, please contact Edna Ball via phone at (562) 692-8504, via e-mail at , or via the Web. For more information on the LA Marathon, contact its Web site.
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