Monday, May 7, 2012

One Man Embarks on 1,000 Mile Marathon to Benefit Parkinson's Disease Research and Inspire Every Day Heroes

Business owner and humanitarian James Mangini, 32, set off on the 1000 Mile Marathon from North Charleston City Hall on May 7, 2012 to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson's disease research. He plans to complete his 1,000 miles in only 30 days in New York City.

Mangini will run approximately 33 miles, or eight to 10 hours each day. Along the way he will stop in a dozen cities across nine states to bolster local support and build awareness. One stop will be in Hillsborough, NJ at the home of his father who was stricken with Parkinson's disease six years ago.

"This journey is not just about raising awareness and finding a cure for my dad and the millions of others who live with Parkinson's," notes Mangini. "It's about inspiring and challenging everyday heroes to join the fight against the debilitating disease."

"With fifty to sixty thousand Americans being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, it is a great honor that James is departing from City Hall, raising awareness for those in our community who are affected by the disease," says Mayor Keith Summey, North Charleston, SC, "The entire city stands by James’ side as he completes this journey."

The 1000 Mile Marathon is organized and operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and was set up to raise awareness and to benefit Team Fox, the community fundraising division of The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF).

"James is truly an inspiration," said Katy Reitz, Director of Team Fox. "When James mentioned that he wanted to do something BIG, we had no idea he would take on a challenge like the 1000 Mile Marathon to continue to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's research. We are honored that James has chosen Team Fox as the beneficiary of this monumental journey."

Now through December 31, every dollar donated to MJFF through the 1000 Mile Marathon will be matched dollar-for-dollar with the $50-million Brin-Wojcicki Challenge, launched by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki. In addition to the unwavering support of MJFF and Team Fox, sponsors of the 1000 Mile Marathon include Home Telecom, Charleston Southern University and the South Carolina Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center.

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