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Ellenwood Church, PDF Champions, Honor Deacon with Memorial 5K Run for Parkinsonís Research on Saturday, November 10

Ellenwood, GA resident Peggy Sensabaugh and the First Baptist Church of Ellenwood are making a difference for people with Parkinson’s disease. They are hosting the Josh Faircloth Memorial 5K Run to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) on Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 AM. The run will be held at 4 N. Bethany Road in McDonough.

The 5K run is named in memory of the late Mr. Faircloth, a founding member and ordained deacon of the Church who lived with Parkinson’s disease. Ms. Sensabaugh, along with a dedicated team of family and friends have organized the 5K run in his honor to raise awareness about the disease he battled. Working with the PDF Champions program, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, they are aiming to raise $1,000 to support the cause. A portion of the proceeds from the 5K run will also benefit the First Baptist Church of Ellenwood.

Educational publications about Parkinson’s will be available at the run. Ms. Sensabaugh says she hopes it becomes an annual event that brings the community together and helps raise awareness about the disease.

Mr. Faircloth’s widow, Dot Faircloth, remarks, “Josh endured the challenge of Parkinson’s disease with courage, grace and dignity. We are very proud to have been blessed with him as a husband, father and grandfather. We are truly humbled to have a memorial 5K Run in his honor to help others who are touched by Parkinson’s.”

PDF Executive Director Robin Elliott said, “We are grateful for PDF Champions like Ms. Sensabaugh and the members of the First Baptist Church who are dedicated to funding the most promising research and raising awareness about the impact of Parkinson’s. Their efforts to help PDF improve the lives and futures of the nearly one million people across the country living with Parkinson’s are inspiring.”

Check-in for the 5K begins at 7:30 AM, with the run starting at 8:30 AM. Awards will be given to the first place male and female runners in each age division (19 and under, 20-34, 35-49, 50 and above). Early registration costs $20 and $25 on race day.

For more information or to register for the Josh Faircloth Memorial 5K Run, contact the First Baptist Church of Ellenwood at (770) 987-1318. To support their fundraising efforts, contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, or

About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.

About the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson’s through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $96 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $40 million to support national education and advocacy programs.


Source Date: Nov 07 2012