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PDFís Marathon Team Goes the Distance for Parkinsonís Research

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s (PDF) marathon team is going the extra mile in the fight against Parkinson’s. Five PDF Champions will run the 26.2 mile Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, October 28, in Washington, DC, alongside 30,000 runners to raise funds for PDF. Another PDF Champion ran the 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon on September 22.

Meet a few members of our team and find out why running for the cause is so important to them. (As of September 25, the team has raised $7,739).

Elizabeth Claps - PDF Champions

"Running a marathon is nothing compared to the limitations people with PD’s have to go through. If they can do it, I can do it. I hope to keep funding studies that will improve treatments and ultimately find a way to cure Parkinson’s.”
Elizabeth Claps, Washington, DC
Ms. Claps, an event planner, is running for a close family member.

Ashley Garrett - PDF Champions

“I’ve always been a runner, but now I will run with a purpose. I hope that by running this marathon for PDF, I can raise awareness about young onset Parkinson’s disease.”
Ashley Garrett, Pensacola, FL
Ms. Garrett is running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon for her
best friend who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 36.

S Jane Schrick - PDF Champions

“I wanted to make my runs more meaningful and find some way to give people with Parkinson’s, like my brother and my patients, hope.”


S Jane Schrick, R.N., Sunnyvale, CA
Ms. Schrick, is running for her brother and the people living with Parkinson’s for whom she cares as a nurse.

AJ Stelacio - PDF Champions

“I want to make a difference in this world. I hope to continue doing things like this to raise awareness about Parkinson’s and how people can take advantage of some of the educational resources that are funded through PDF.”
AJ Stelacio, Cape May, NJ
Mr. Stelacio, an Internet marketing professional, is running
for his grandfather.

Sean Wright - PDF Champions

“To have a family member suffering with this disease makes me more than willing to step up for this challenge. By running this marathon, I’m contributing to the research effort so that one day hopefully there will be a cure.”

Sean Wright, Marietta,GA
The former active duty Marine, who is currently serving in the Navy reserves, is running for his stepfather.

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