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Michael J. Fox Foundation Representatives to Speak at Riderwood on Decenmber 6; Meeting is Free to Public

November 12, 2012

SILVER SPRING, MD (November 12, 2012) -- Kelli Payne and Kara Lohse, representatives of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, will visit Riderwood retirement community on Thursday,  December 6, for a 90-minute meeting to give an overview of the Foundation and updates on its current research efforts.
The meeting, which is free to the public, will begin at 10 a.m. in Maryland Hall. Seating is limited. To RSVP call Beverly Gershon at Tel: 301-572-1633. Riderwood is located at 3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD.
The Foundation ( ), which was begun in 2000, is  the largest supporter world-wide  of Parkinson's research, only exceeded by the U.S. Federal government. It has devoted  over $270 million to research conducted in both academic and industry laboratories. Its research emphasis is twofold: accelerating the  finding of therapeutic advances for Parkinson's patients treatments and, ultimately, finding a cure for the disease.
Michael J. Fox, the acclaimed movie and TV actor, as well as writer and producer, was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's Disease in 1990. He went public with that knowledge in 1998 and then began the Foundation, which is headquartered in New York City, in 2000.