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Raising The Bar for a CURE!

Daniel Ben-David

Daniel Ben-David

Thank you for visiting my page! I am participating in the Michael J. Fox Foundation's (MJFF) Tour de Fox Cycling Series for Parkinson's Research for the second time. My ride last year was 68 miles, 4569 ft climb in 5:21. I plan to obliterate that record.

I'm in my 12th year with PD. A year and a half ago I had Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) electrodes planted deep inside my brain wired up to two battery powered pulse generators in my chest. PD continues to take its toll on me but I'm fighting back with exercise... the only clinically proven means of slowing progression of the disease. DBS has enabled my to take more Levo-dopa, the precursor to dopamine. My tremors and dyskinesia have significantly improved from before DBS (see link for video: allowing me this chance to live life again. I am truly blessed.

I receive a lot of support from family and friends but more than that I am proving to PWPs (people with Parkinson's) and normal people and people with many other diseases... that giving up is not an option. I've got to keep moving or I regress. If you're wondering how I do it, I take baby steps.They add up... and i stick to it.

In actuality, "baby steps" is a wonder itself. It is the essence of inspiration. Set a goal, raise the bar! I'm fighting for my life because I know vigorous exercise actually affects gene expression, neuroplasticity and cell growth. Regardless of how I got here (maybe part due to environmental exposure being a professional chemist/systems scientist and homeowner) it's taking that next step that matters. "Running wheel exercise reduces a-synuclein aggregation and improves motor and cognitive function in a transgenic mouse model of Parkinson's disease"

Your gift will make a real difference: 100 percent of Tour de Fox Blue Ridge ride proceeds will go directly to The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s high-impact research programs. I intend on being around when a cure is found and I hope to inspire many with PD or yet undiagnosed persons to make healthy habits, both solo and with people to transform, rejuvenate. That's probably the best way to lower the cost of healthcare, and a cure would be nice. I would really appreciate your donation to help find a cure for this awful disease!

An estimated five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) — a chronic neurodegenerative disorder. In the United States, 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease. As the world’s largest nonprofit funder of PD research, MJFF is working to change this.

MJFF is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.

Help me move a cure for Parkinson's disease forward by joining my team or making a donation today.

Thank you for your support! - Daniel


raised of $6,250 goal


Recent Donations

1. JJudith Jule
2. DDaniel Ben-David
3. WWilliam Cartwright
4. SSteve Glor
5. WDWilliam Daniel
Proud of you Dan! The Daniel family is pulling for you!
6. BBart Blackburn
Go Dan! We miss you here at OPTI. Glad to see you are going strong!

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