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Sunnyvale Resident Runs Marine Corps Marathon, Raises Funds to Beat Parkinson's Disease
- Nov 09 2012
By Alia Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Marine Corps Marathon--the fourth-largest marathon in the U.S. with 43,600 participants running 26.2 miles--encourages its runners to raise money for the cause of their choice.
For Sunnyvale resident and Santa Clara County nurse S. Jane Schrick, that cause is to fight Parkinson's disease. "If people live with Parkinson's 24/7, I can do 26.2" miles, Schrick said is her motto.
Her brother was diagnosed with Parkinson's three years ago at the age of 50. And as a cardiology nurse with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation for the past 17 years, she has treated people living with Parkinson's who also suffer from heart conditions.
Many of her patients are unable to walk and have great difficulty with mobility. But both her patients and her brother have continued to inspire her, she said.
One patient, whose hobby is growing flowers, took three buses to bring her a fresh bouquet, as he no longer can drive because of the disease.
"That was so inspirational for me, because here's this guy who can barely move. A person's arms and legs can become very rigid, and he took three buses to show me what his hobby is," Schrick said.
An avid runner, the 60-year-old tries to stay fit to be an example for her patients. Regular exercise is an effective way to delay the onset of Parkinson's, Schrick said. She has participated in many races, but wanted to do something more personal. When she began searching for the right race, she found the Marine Corps Marathon to be a perfect fit.
"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," Schrick said.
She set a goal of raising $2,000 for the Parkinson's Disease Foundation and has reached $2,300.
"But I'd be more than happy to go beyond that," Schrick said.
She left Sunnyvale on Oct. 24 for Washington, D.C., for the race in Arlington on Oct. 28. The course runs from northern Virginia through the nation's capital.
She said she finished the race despite lots of hills, a pulled hamstring and facing the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. She joined five other runners who ran the marathon as part of PDF's team.
"I'm really appreciative for the support of the New York Parkinson's Foundation and all of the people who contributed to my run," Schrick said. "It wouldn't be possible without them. And the people who couldn't make monetary donations have given me emotional and mental support. It's a long ways to run, but it's a beautiful place. I will succeed one way or another."
"We admire the efforts of Ms. Schrick and her fellow PDF champions who are endeavoring to improve the lives and futures of those touched by Parkinson's," PDF executive director Robin Elliott said. "By running a marathon, she is not only raising awareness about the impact of the disease but funding the most promising research to reach the finish line for a cure."
Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the U.S. and has no cure.
To support S. Jane Schrick's fundraising efforts, visit her personal fundraising page at support.pdf.org/formybabybrother. For more information about the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, call 800.457.6676, email email@example.com or visit pdf.org.
Source Date: Nov 09 2012
Source Publication: Sunnyvale Sun
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