Join the Running Team
Will you pound the pavement for Parkinson's? Lace up your running sneakers for PDF to help fight Parkinson's.
If you haven't chosen a race yet, scroll down to search for a race near you. Contact us now at email@example.com to learn more about how you can run in a PDF Champions singlet! Remember, we'll be with you every step of the way to guide your fundraising and get you geared up for race day. Get inspired and read about what motivated the runners below to join PDF's team in the Marine Corps Marathon and Brooklyn Rock 'n' Roll 10k.
Benefits of Joining PDF Champions Running Team
In recognition of fundraising, the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) will provide its runners with:
- fundraising support and guidance
- a personal fundraising webpage
- PDF gear (hat, banners, wristband and a racing jersey)!
Meet Past Champions
Jonathan E. Romero, Jr. of New York, NY, ran 13.1 miles in the Staten Island Half Marathon on October 9, 2016, raising $5,000 for PDF in memory of his father.
Mr. Romero's passion for the cause is not new. He has been involved with PDF as a volunteer leader for nearly a decade. In 2008, he and his brother Gregory joined forces with other young professionals to form the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee, a group of nearly 100 New Yorkers dedicated to advancing Parkinson’s research. Each year, this committee, with Mr. Romero serving as Co-Chair, hosts Celebrate Spring New York, an event which has raised more than $750,000 for PDF’s research programs since its inception.
“Parkinson’s is a cruel disease, which does not just affect the person living with it. It affects the entire family and an extended community of friends and loved ones. Since my dad passed away in 2003 with a rare form of parkinsonism, my family has been determined to do anything we could to ensure no other family would have to go through the difficult journey that we did,” says Mr. Romero.
Brooklyn, NY, native Michael Scire ran 13.1 miles in the New York City Half Marathon on Sunday, March 15, 2015 raising more than $800.
Mr. Scire, 23, is a physical education teacher and lifeguard. After experiencing how the disease touched his family, he was inspired to dedicate his first half marathon to the Parkinson’s cause.
“My Poppop and I were so close. He was the strongest man I ever met and to see his struggle with Parkinson's hurt me so much,” says Mr. Scire. “If I can help just one person who also struggles with this disease by running through the streets of New York in a PDF jersey, that will have made it all worth it.”
Five runners joined PDF's team in the Rock 'n' Roll Brooklyn 10k in Brooklyn, NY, on October 12, 2013. Kevin Gramata, Shelton Hollers, Colleen Joyce and Katherine Jurgens ran through Prospect Park to make a difference in the lives of their loved ones living with PD and others who may be affected. Together, they raised $6,686 for PDF.
"There are so many thoughts that race through my head mid-run, but it is only thoughts of my father, his courage and desire to fight for a normal life, to do simple things that the rest of us take for granted, that keep me going and push me across that finish line," says PDF Champion Katherine Jurgens.
PDF Champion Shelton Hollers, remarks, “I enjoy being able to contribute to a cause I believe in through my athletic efforts. I know Parkinson's is a serious disease that needs more research. By running this 10k, I want to raise awareness not only about Parkinson’s, but of how PDF helps people living with the disease."