The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
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LEWIS ROSSIGNOL | KINDNESS
The tireless work and tremendous dedication that Michael J. Fox has displayed in the face of Parkinson's Disease is something that Panic Brand artist Lewis Rossignol admires and drew inspiration from. He was moved to create this original illustration of Muhammad Ali for our Kindness Initiative and 40% of all proceeds generated from the sale of this piece will be donated directly to the MJFF. Often falsely attributed to only an older demographic, Parkinson’s Disease is one of many neurological diseases that we still do not have a cure for. The foundation spearheading this work and the one named by the New York Times as the most credible voice on Parkinson’s research in the world is the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's Disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.
The MJFF exists for one reason: to accelerate the next generation of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) treatments. By combining their core values of optimism, efficiency, and a willingness to do whatever it takes with identifying and funding projects most vital to patients and spearheading solutions around seemingly intractable field-wide challenges, they have made great strides in bringing the world one step closer to a cure. The good news is that they have been and are currently aspiring to put themselves out of business by finding a cure for a disease that affects approximately one million Americans, or about 10 million worldwide.
It’s unlikely that you haven’t felt the impact of Parkinson’s in one way or another. And if you've been diagnosed with the lesser known Young-Onset Parkison’s Disease, you yourself know better than most what this neurological disease is all about. For those that are reading about this disease for the first time, Parkinson’s occurs when brain cells that make dopamine, a chemical that coordinates movement, stop working or die. Because PD can cause tremors, slowness, stiffness, and walking and balance problems, it is called a “movement disorder”. Frustratingly for those that receive a diagnosis, it is almost impossible to determine the cause of the disease. For many facing a diagnosis or living with the disease, it’s also important to remember that anxiety and depression are not uncommon. The foundation offers plenty of resources to assist in these unfortunate aspects of the disorder.
For those that can donate directly, the MJFF has an impressive track record of efficiency, with 88 cents for every dollar spent since inception going straight to their programs. But for those that would like to help in other ways, there are multiple fundraising options you can try out, you could volunteer for a study (a valuable and high-impact opportunity) or you could just become a neuroscientist. There’s not nearly enough of them. The MJFF takes pride in what they’ve accomplished thus far, but ultimately they have only one definition of success: scientific solutions that produce tangible improvements in patients' lives.
If you'd like to show further support, please visit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to stay up to date. Thank you to our Panic Fam for being the key to our success and for helping us to give back!