The 20th Team Parkinson at the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon and LA BIG 5K Raised Over $50,000 in Support of Parkinson’s Disease Research
KINGSTON, N.J., June 11, 2019—The Parkinson Alliance announced today that thanks to our supporters, the 20th Team Parkinson at the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon and LA BIG 5K, held on Saturday, March 23 through Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles, CA, raised over $50,000 in support of Parkinson’s disease research.
“We would like to congratulate and thank all our runners, those who experienced it in person, as well as our team members who ran with us virtually from home. Together, it was another successful race to help fight Parkinson’s disease. Everyone who ran or walked for the cause should pat themselves on the back and wear their medals proudly,” stated John and Edna Ball, co-chairs of Team Parkinson.
Highlights from race weekend included:
- We kicked off race weekend with the LA BIG 5K with dozens of our runners and walkers in our blue shirts. Congrats to John Ball for placing 3rd in his age group!
- Race weekend was in memory of Tim Wong, a loyal team member for so many years.
- Congrats to all our fundraisers, including Susie Lewin who was recognized by the Los Angeles Marathon as the most successful fundraiser in the 5K, with $14,000 raised!
- Our Carbo Dinner was fortunate to have a great speaker in Jeffrey Wertheimer, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, clinical neuropsychologist and Chief Research Consultant for The Parkinson Alliance who spoke of some of the latest research and also took questions from guests.
- John Ball addressed fellow runners and supporters at our Carbo Dinner, and here is the text of his remarks.
- Marathon day on Sunday brought perfect weather for running and great success for our marathon and Charity Challenge participants.
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and degenerative neurological disorder that affects at least one million people in the U.S., and approximately 60,000 cases are newly diagnosed each year. “Every supporter is important in the fight against Parkinson’s disease, and we can’t thank everyone enough for being part of Team Parkinson. We want to acknowledge each runner, donor, sponsor, and volunteer who contributed to the success of this year’s race,” remarked Carol Walton, CEO of The Parkinson Alliance.
The date is set for the 21st Team Parkinson at the Los Angeles Marathon and LA BIG 5K. Please save the date and join us for next year’s event on Saturday, March 7 through Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Los Angeles, California.
About The Parkinson Alliance
The mission of The Parkinson Alliance is to raise funds for research to end Parkinson’s disease, support the development of new therapies, and improve the quality of life for those living with the disease through patient-centered research and resources. The Parkinson Alliance stands as the umbrella organization for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, Team Parkinson, and other fundraising events held around the country. Taken together, we have funded over $30 million in research since our founding.
Source The Parkinson Alliance