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Sam Fox Takes on the Pacfic Coast Trail for Parkinson’s Disease

Posted Jul 17 2011 11:37pm
Posted on July 17th, 2011 by in

Lucy Fox has Parkinson’s disease. She was diagnosed over 10 years ago. She still keeps busy and active and lives with her husband in Rhode Island. She is also the mother of 24 year-old Sam Fox, an advocate for Parkinson’s disease and determined to break the current record of running/walking the Pacific Crest Trail later this summer.

Always an inspiration and important influence to her son Sam, she taught him the value of working hard by example. Her gardens, the nearby meadow and apple orchard and vegetable plots are, according to Sam, her crowning agricultural achievements.

Sam has seen his mother change in what she can do – not in who she is. She faces the same obstacles others of us with Parkinson’s disease face – taking an abundance of medications, regularly losing sleep, general discomfort that one unaffected by a neurological condition should feel blessed they do not understand.” (1)

Lucy is an inspiration to her son, Sam, his brother and sister. That is why he’s on a mission. A mission to run the entire 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail and break the current record. 65 days. A record held currently by two young men in 2009.

Sam is a member of Team Fox and has a goal of raising $250,000. The entire effort is being dedicating to his mother.

The founder of Run While You Can, the non-profit organization is dedicated to “emphasizing the urgency of living life to the fullest in the moments we know we haveright now.” (2)

The quest will be recorded as a documentary and a trailer of the run is viewable on Sam’s website. A donation matching pledge has already been made and in effect until August 25th by an anonymous corporation. The corporation will match every dollar up to $20,000 that Sam raises until the 25th. Google co-founder, Sergey Brin and his wife Anne have issued a $50 million challenge match for all new and increased giving to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. This is an incredible opportunity to raise an enormous amount of funds toward finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Although a tremendous athlete who has run and biked, sprinted and jumped his way to a plethora of awards throughout high school and college at Yale, Sam will be facing grueling challenges as he runs the trail from Manning Provincial Park in Northern Washington at down to the lowest point of Southern California at the Mexican border.

You can follow Sam’s journey at and contribute to his campaign as well.

Parkinson’s Journey supports Sam Fox and this dedicated endeavor to his mom, Lucy and wishes him the best of luck on this quest. Go Sam! Our prayers are with you.

To contribute to Sam’s campaign to raise $250,000 for Parkinson’s research, and to follow his journey, visit

(1) Sam Fox, Run While You Can, website:
(2) South Kingstown Patch Newsletter, April 30, 2011, “SK Native Sam Fox: Run While You Can” by Frank Mastrobuono

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