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PDF Research Advocate Living with Parkinsonís to Run 10k with Family, Raise Funds for Parkinsonís Research on Sunday, October 27

Gary Chard of Wilmington, DE, is on the run to fight Parkinson’s disease. Gary, who lives with Parkinson’s disease, will run the Marine Corps Marathon 10k with eight of his family members on Sunday, October 27 in Washington, DC, to raise money for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF).

Gary was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008 at the age of 56. He has been active in the cause ever since his diagnosis, for example, volunteering as a Research Advocate with the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) and leading local support groups. After cheering on his stepson, Sean Wright, in last year’s Marine Corps Marathon (Sean raised $5,000 for PDF) the family was inspired to lace up their own sneakers for the cause.

“We’re trying to show that we’re a united front against Parkinson’s. As a person living with Parkinson’s disease, I have the strong support of my wife and family standing beside me,” says Gary.

Working with the PDF Champions program, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Gary and his family hope to reach their $10,000 fundraising goal by race day. The family plans to don coordinated team shirts and colorful socks for DC’s popular 10k. Gary will run the 10k with eight family members – Sean, Christie and their 11-year-old daughter Aubrey Wright, Ashley Wright, Barbara and Le’Rhone Walker, Morgan Wright and James Verderamo.

“Having a family member affected by this disease is my driving force to do whatever I can to help raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s,” says Sean.

To support Gary and his family’s fundraising efforts, visit their personal fundraising page at For more information or to join PDF’s marathon team, 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 disease by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson's disease through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated $100 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and $42 million to support education and advocacy programs.


Source Date: Sep 06 2013