3In 2018 our team of family and friends started Team Kopacz Foundation to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) research. Our inaugural golf tournament was our means of communicating that Jason was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s and that we are ready to join the fight for a cure. The support we received in our first year was amazing. We were able to raise over $35,000 that went directly to Parkinson’s research through the Michael J Fox Foundation. We are excited to host our 2nd annual golf tournament July 19th, 2019 at Rum River Hills in Ramsey, MN with the proceeds distributed to the Michael J Fox Foundation AND the University of MN Foundation. Both foundations have supported us as we worked through the uncertainty of a young onset PD diagnosis but more importantly we share the common goal of curing PD.
The Fox Foundation has introduced us to a group of young on-set PD'ers that challenge each other to exercise and slow down the progression of our disease. Jason is currently training for the TC Marathon in October and the 2020 runDisney Dopey Challenge in January. To prepare he set-up a training regimen that included a race per month and a minimum of 500 miles ran. As of 7/4/19, Jason has run 325 miles and 8 races (3 half marathons, 1-10 Mile, 1-10K, 3-5K's), next race is the RBC race for the kids half marathon on 8/3/19.
When the University of MN Foundation approached us to share our story at the Diamond Awards (video in blog), we knew this was an opportunity to support the Neurology team that took us step by step through a tough diagnosis, but we never expected that our story would impact so many people! We are working with the University of Minnesota to set-up a program to support the newly diagnosed through the uncertainty of a PD diagnosed (more details to come)!.
Thanks for supporting our journey. To be clear, we are fighting a tough opponent but we remain optimistic that if we win today, there may be a cure tomorrow! `