Since 1 April, 2015, Julia Springer has donated a minimum of 10% of the purchase price from all works to help fund Parkinson’s research. Donations are made directly by the artist to Team Fox. Team Fox is the grassroots community fundraising program of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease research.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” Dalai Lama
Thanks to my collectors, I have been able to donate the following percentage of my annual target to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research – THANK YOU!
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative neurologic disease that affects over 5 million people worldwide. Some 50,000-60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the US alone. At this time there is no known cure. Current treatments mask symptoms but do not alter or slow disease progression. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is the largest source of funding for cutting edge, highly targeted research to find a cure. The foundation directly contributes 89 cents to researchers from every dollar they receive. In recent years an anonymous donor has allowed 100 cents from every dollar donated to Team Fox to reach researchers.
By the time someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s they have already lost 60-80% of the dopamine-producing neurons in their brain. Dopamine is necessary to transmit messages within the brain and facilitate voluntary movement. Whilst not in itself a fatal disease, complications from Parkinson’s Disease are ranked as the 14th most common cause of death in the US by the Center for Disease Control.
Parkinson’s research and Team Fox
Team Fox started in 2006 as the community fundraising division of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Currently, Team Fox has over 4000 active members and has raised more than $55 million toward accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation, the largest private funder of Parkinson’s research, pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program, and has invested more than $700 million in research to date. The MJFF is in business to go out of business by finding a cure in our lifetime – put some art on your wall and help me to help them!