PDF Champions Go the Distance

Life can change dramatically after a Parkinson’s diagnosis.  As the disease progresses, it’s not uncommon for family members and friends to take on physical challenges to honor loved ones and support the cause.

We are inspired by the athletes going the distance to #EndParkinsons! Hear from three PDF Champions, our grassroots fundraisers, about what motivates them to take on challenges for PD … and learn about spots on our running team in 2017!


PDF Champion Cynthia SpringfordCynthia Runs a Half Marathon to Honor Her Boss

Cynthia Springford of Plaistow, NH, is an office assistant by day and a personal trainer by night. She raised $1,850 for PDF after running “a personal best time” in the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon in Hampton Beach, NH, on October 2, 2016 in honor of her boss who lives with Parkinson’s.

“Working with my boss day after day, I see how Parkinson’s affects him. Some days are tougher than others. I want to give back and help end Parkinson’s the only way I know how … to run for him,” says Cynthia.

PDF Champion Kay ScottKay Honors Dad, a Former Triathlete

Inspired by her dad’s experience as an avid runner and triathlete, Kay Scott of Bedford, TX, continues challenging herself physically for the cause. She raised more than $1,700 for PDF in 2014 through a series of endurance challenges. She got back at it again for PDF on October 10, 2016 by completing the Virginia Quintuple Anvil Triathlon (a 12-mile swim, a 560-mile bike ride and a 131-mile run).

“Whenever I get tired or discouraged, I think about my dad, who used to be able to run, bike, and swim and do triathlons, and I keep going. I take on physical challenges for PDF in my Dad’s honor so we can help others like my him,” says Kay.

PDF Champion Hannah ThompsonHannah Runs Half Marathon to Honor Dad

Hannah (Weyland) Thompson of Pittsburgh, PA, a former Messiah College soccer player, has several long distance races under her belt. After her dad’s recent diagnosis with PD though, she decided to run for PDF. She raised $1,680 after completing the Merrill Lynch Harrisburg Half Marathon on September 11, 2016.

“My father inspires me to run. He is the kindest, most positive person I know. Despite his diagnosis with this debilitating disease, he hasn’t let Parkinson’s spread negativity into his life. It was amazing to see so many people rally behind my run to support PDF’s efforts to end Parkinson’s. I hope to continue raising funds for Parkinson’s research and raise more awareness about the disease,” says Hannah.

Join the Team

Are you interested in going the distance to #EndParkinsons?

PDF is excited to offer 25 spots in this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series! 

The series includes 20 races across the US.  Whether you’re just starting out or an avid runner, there’s a distance for everyone.  Email us today to find out more.

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