At Wells + Associates, helping find a cure for Parkinson’s disease has been something close to our heart for a while. As you can read in a previous W+A Blog post about our Parkinson’s fundraising activities, we were able to raise some funds to aid the Michael J. Fox Foundation in their mission to find “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.”
We are grateful for a team that has helped raise $3,380 for this cause. What are some of the things we appreciate about the Michael J. Fox Foundation? They are focused on:
- Accelerating breakthroughs that patients can feel in their everyday lives,
- Developing treatments that can slow, stop or reverse the progression of Parkinson’s disease,
- Speeding up better treatments for the currently unaddressed or under-addressed symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and
- Developing treatments to address or avoid the debilitating side effects of current Parkinson’s disease drugs.
In some of our team photos from today, you can see us holding the paintings of Ron Czerniec, a gifted artist with Parkinson’s. Ron’s paintings were instrumental in helping us raise funds to support Parkinson’s research.
It was Ron’s initiative that helped start this campaign. Ron sold paintings through the month of April 2018, donating $100 to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for each painting sold. Doubling down on his efforts, Wells + Associates managed to raise funds via corporate donations, a “dress down” day, matching Ron’s donations, and personal donations from W+A Board of Directors.