Pancakes for Parkinson's
On November 12, we are providing free pancakes before the Ole Miss vs. TAMU football game. with the idea that the community here at Texas A&M could come together, and in one day, make an indelible mark on the international fight against Parkinson’s Disease. Our mission is to raise money in order to speed towards finding new treatments, and ultimately, a cure for Parkinson’s. Your donations will contribute to the success of this mission and our ability to give as much as possible to the Michael J. Fox foundation. Thank you for your consideration and efforts.
Five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease — a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder. In the United States, 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease. But through your support of Team Fox, you can help change this.
Team Fox is The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s (MJFF) grassroots community fundraising program. Its members include thousands of people worldwide who generate funds and awareness for Parkinson’s disease research. All funds raised through Team Fox go directly to MJFF to advance its mission to accelerate the delivery of life-changing treatments, and ultimately a cure, to people with Parkinson’s disease.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic degenerative neurological disorder affecting the central nervous system. It is characterized by loss of cells in various brain regions, especially the substantia nigra, which produces dopamine. A lack of dopamine dramatically decreases ability to direct and control movement, and alters emotional states.
Parkinson’s patients experience both motor and non-motor symptoms. These include cognitive impairment, mood disorders, resting tremor, sleeping difficulty, impaired balance and coordination, speech problems, and rigidity.
Scientists currently believe that in the majority of cases, genetics and environmental factors interact to cause Parkinson’s Disease. In some genetic instances, mutations in the LRRK2 gene contribute to Parkinson’s Disease. Environmental risk factors include exposure to chemical and environmental toxins.
Currently in the US, 1 in 100 people over the age of 60 are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Recent statistics have shown that over 1 million people in the US have Parkinson’s Disease. Additionally, compared with the general population, older males are more susceptible to being diagnosed.