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High School ROTC Navy Cadet to Host 5K Run for Parkinsonís Research on Saturday, May 10 in Colts Neck, NJ

Colts Neck, NJ, high school student Kevin Wall is rallying the troops to fight Parkinson’s disease. He is hosting Run Hard or Go Home, a 5K run and walk fundraiser to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) at his Colts Neck High School on 59 Five Points Road on Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 AM.

Mr. Wall, 17, is Chief Petty Officer in the school’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC). He was inspired to organize the 5K in memory of a close family friend who lived with Parkinson’s for nearly 30 years.

“Kenneth Dunckley was a close friend of my family who I looked up to almost like a grandfather. It was sad to see him suffer with Parkinson’s and feel like there was nothing I could do about it. That’s why I’m hosting the 5K to keep his spirit alive and raise funds for PDF to help find a cure for Parkinson’s,” says Mr. Wall. “I know Mr. Dunckley would be very proud of me if he was still here today and would be the first person on the starting line at the race.”

Working with the PDF Champions program, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Mr. Wall hopes to exceed his $3,000 fundraising goal. Registration to participate in the 5K is $25 for runners and $20 for walkers. The event will also feature food and races for children.

PDF President Robin Elliott added, “At PDF, we are grateful for PDF Champions like Mr. Wall and the Colts Neck High School community who are dedicated to funding the most promising research and raising awareness about the impact of Parkinson’s. Their efforts will help PDF to improve the lives and futures of the nearly one million people across the country living with Parkinson’s.”

To support Mr. Wall’s fundraising efforts, contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, info@pdf.org or www.pdf.org.

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.

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Source Date: May 01 2014