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, will embark on the 1000 Mile Marathon on May 7, 2012 to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s disease research. His journey will start in Charleston, SC and he plans to complete his 1,000 miles in New York City on June 7.

“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 Parkinson’s disease.”

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.

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 MJFFthrough 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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