Competing For a Cause
My Local Utah’s Content Team
Did you know that more than 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year? Sarah Marie Nilsson did. Sarah could also tell you that Parkinson’s is the second most common neurological disorder next to Alzheimer’s and that there are more than 10,000 cases in Utah alone. She could even tell you that The Michael J. Fox Foundation has one of the most aggressive Parkinson’s research programs and that their grassroots campaigns have raised more than 685 million dollars for the cause.
Sarah knows all of this because her life was forever changed when her father, Ray, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s more than 20 years ago. Over the past decade, Sarah has dedicated her life to raising awareness and funding research to find a cure so that other families do not have to endure the same heartbreak of watching their loved ones suffer. You might have heard Sarah’s story when she ran for, and won, Miss Utah North America this year. Her platform, Shine a Ray of Light on Parkinson’s, touched the hearts of many and has inspired the 1st Annual Fox Trot 5K here in Utah.
This 3.11-mile race will take place at Wheeler Farm on October 17th for anyone who is interested in supporting the cause. Countless measures have been put in place to make sure local guidelines are being followed, and the health of everyone involved remains a top priority. For those who are still a bit wary of being around crowds, Sarah and her team have also created a way for runners to participate virtually. Regardless of how you choose to participate, there are a variety of noteworthy awards that have been donated by their generous sponsors. From microblading to a massage package to an Orange Theory gift basket, there is no shortage of motivation to support this cause. Join Sarah and her team in their efforts to reach the ultimate finish line of finding the cure for Parkinson’s!
Follow along on IG@foxtrot5kutah or on Facebook at Shine a RAY of Light on Parkinson’s! .