Chad Moir of Seymour is on the run for Parkinson’s research. He will run 13.1 miles in the New York City Half Marathon in on Sunday, March 16 to raise money for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in memory of his late mother Cindy, who lived with the disease.
Moir, 29, works as a personal trainer in Fairfield. He has been active in the cause since his mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 50. With a goal of completing a full marathon someday, he was inspired to take on his first half marathon to benefit the foundation in his mother’s honor.
“My mother struggled with symptoms for many years before she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and I saw how rapidly it affected her,” Moir said. “By raising money in her honor, I hope that I can make a difference in someone else’s life with Parkinson’s and spread more awareness about the disease.”
Working with the the foundation’s Champions Program, the grassroots fund-raising arm of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Moir hopes to exceed his fundraising goal of $2,000 by race day. His family, friends and fitness clients are already rallying behind him as he trains to run through the heart of New York City with more than 14,000 other runners.
Foundation President Robin Elliott said “We are grateful for PDF Champions like Mr. Moir who are dedicated to funding the most promising research and raising awareness about the impact of Parkinson’s. His efforts to help PDF improve the lives and futures of the nearly one million people across the country living with Parkinson’s are inspiring.”
To support Moir’s fund-raising efforts, visit http:/support.pdf.org/InMemoryofCindyMoir. For more information or to run for PDF, contact PDF at 800-457-6676 or pdf.com.
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.