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“The power of the Parkinson’s community to bring about change can’t be overstated."
- Michael J. Fox

In cycling events across the United States and Canada, the 2016 Tour de Fox Series carries on the energy and spirit of the monumental 2015 Tour de Fox.
In the summer of 2015, ultra-athlete and The Michael J. Fox Foundation employee Sam Fox (no relation to Michael J. Fox) embarked on Tour de Fox, an extreme cross-country journey in support of Parkinson’s research. The Tour covered a 14,000-mile route from Maine to Vancouver (8,000 of those miles biked by Sam!) — passing through all 48 of the contiguous United States and climbing each of their highest peaks.
Along the way, Sam gained the support of more than 3,000 members of the Parkinson’s community, including patients, their loved ones and donors inspired by Sam’s monumental effort. The 2015 Tour raised $2.5 million in support of Parkinson’s research, more than doubling Sam’s original $1-million goal.

Tour de Fox was born from Sam’s 2013 talk at SXSW, where he told the story of his previous extreme feats for Parkinson’s disease (running the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail in just over 60 days and running from New York City to eastern Long Island in 24 hours) and launched a crowd-sourced effort to dream up his next odyssey.

All of Sam’s efforts have been inspired by his mom, Lucy, who has been living with Parkinson’s disease for more than 15 years. As Sam’s miles have added up and crowds of supporters have grown, so has the inspiration. This short film tells the story of those who made the 2015 Tour de Fox so incredible.