This past Saturday my husband and I participated in a 5K that was truly special to us – the First Annual Fox Trot 5K in Orlando. The Fox Trot race series was launched by the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2017, and was expanded to include Orlando this year. My good friend Rose (1/2 of the husband & wife team behind Pints for Parkinson’s) and I were asked to say a few words to the crowd before the race. I’m always grateful for the chance to share a little bit about my journey in the hope that I can increase awareness about this often misunderstood disease on behalf of the 5 million people worldwide who live with it every day.
I had a little trouble with my calf during the race, but it did not dampen my spirits. The Fox Trot left me feeling inspired by the dedication of our local Parkinson’s community and invigorated by the support from the Central Florida community as a whole.
Overall, the race was a tremendous success, with over $30,000 raised and over 300 runners/walkers participating. Perhaps the best part is that every dollar raised will be used to fund research programs pursuing better treatments and unlocking the keys to a cure.
We managed to get several of the local Team Fox supporters together for a quick photo for the race. The guy on the left is Bob Harmon. Bob and his family put on a huge golf tournament (Golf 4 the Cure) every April to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation. You may notice that Bob is wearing a skirt. If you know Bob (and his infectious joyful spirit), his hilarious outfit may not necessarily come as a shock. However, on this particular occasion, his attire was the direct result of a fundraising bet he lost – with his wife.
When it comes to characters, the Disney-loving couple of Rose and Chris Babcock give Bob a run for his money. Nearly every Team Fox event that I can recall has involved a photo bomb by Chris and/or Rose. This particular photo was taken when my husband Chad gave Rose his camera to take a photo of us. Honestly, he should have known better.
One of the newest members of the Central Florida Team Fox family is my friend Kanwar Bhutani. Kanwar started out his Team Fox participation with a bang (to say the least). His friends and family joined together on the top fundraising team – Team Bhutani. Kanwar was also the top individual fundraiser. Next November, Chad and I will be running alongside Kanwar and some of his friends and family in the NYC Marathon.
Last but not least is a photo of the Walker clan. Where has my little boy gone?! I feel like he is less like a boy and more like a man every day.