HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – An event is scheduled April 18 in Huntsville to give hope to people fighting Parkinson’s Disease. The featured speaker is Army Colonel Rich Clifford, a veteran of three Space Shuttle missions.
Though Col. Clifford’s last flight was in 1996, the world recently discovered he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s two years prior, in 1994. He will speak about his experience.
The event, titled “His Flight, Our Fight” will be held at The Davidson Center for Space Exploration at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Proceeds raised will benefit Parkinson’s Research through “Team Fox,” the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The Huntsville event is being organized by David G. Morgan, a Huntsville resident who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2003.
The event will start with a social hour at 5 p.m. followed by a traditional southern-style barbeque dinner.
Morgan said his goal is to raise $50,000 to help the Michael J. Fox Foundation continue with its efforts to fund research to fight Parkinson’s Disease.
“I chose to pursue this activity as part of Team Fox because I am a Parkinson’s patient, and I wanted to do something personally to further the Foundation’s mission,” said Morgan. “The Foundation supports cutting-edge research to bring meaningful advances in treatments and eventually a cure to people, like me, who are affected by this disease.”
Tickets are $150 per person, or tables for 10 people are $1,200. For sponsorship, donations, to volunteer or for ticket information, contact David Morgan at (256) 417-7192 or visit Morgan’s fundraising link on Teamfox.org.
Over five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease, a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder whose symptoms typically progress from mild tremors to complete physical incapacitation. In the United States, an estimated 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease. Current treatments mask symptoms but do not alter or slow disease progression.