MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. and ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- One of the
Team Captain Rhonda Foulds has Parkinson's Disease. She has run 92 marathons, and this will be her second time at the Twin Cities marathon.
Seasoned runners know the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon for its 37 years of waterfront racing, its many different lengths courses, and its family-friendly vibe with many activities for people of all ages.
It's also a storied race with a powerful history of giving back to the community. That includes several charity partners, including the Davis Phinney Foundation, headquartered in Louisville, Colo. The foundation's Team DPF filled both of its teams for the full marathon and the 10-mile races with its runners from all over the United States raising funds and awareness of living well with Parkinson's.
We are dedicated to the mission that physical activity — including distance running — has a profound impact on slowing the progression and improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson's. Each of the 11 team members raised at least $500, which goes to research and programming for those with Parkinson's and those who support them.
Not only is our Team Captain Foulds a dedicated veteran of marathon racing, she is also a recipient of Medtronic's Deep Brain Stimulation system, a ground-breaking therapy for people with Parkinson's. Foulds was diagnosed with Parkinson's when she was 35 years old.
Foulds intends to run 5K and 10K races on Saturday Oct. 5, and the marathon on Sunday, Oct. 6.
"I've learned to embrace pain and use it as an accelerant to start a fire within," Foulds says. "I usually just keep repeating 'embrace the pain"when I'm in a tough spot. I'm very thankful for the opportunity to run with DPF in Twin Cities."
Altra Running sponsoring the foundation as the official shoe for Team DPF at the Twin Cities Marathon.
Medtronic has been a corporate partner with the Davis Phinney Foundation since 2007. Medtronic, the world's largest medical device company, invested in the foundation's vision to create educational programs to help people living with Parkinson's to live well today. They saw something unique and believed that we were the organization to bring that to life. Since that initial seed investment, Medtronic has been instrumental in the Davis Phinney Foundation's growth and impact in the Parkinson's community. Medtronic has shown exemplary support and leadership for educational outreach in serving people and families affected by Parkinson's.
The Davis Phinney Foundation?was founded by Olympic cyclist Davis Phinney in 2004 to help people with Parkinson's live well today. The organization's focus is to provide programs and resources that offer inspiration, information and tools that enable people living with Parkinson's to take action that can immediately improve their quality of life. Parkinson's is the No. 2 neurodegenerative disease– second only to Alzheimer's – and affects more than 1 million people in the United States. The Foundation's work impacts hundreds of thousands of individuals and families each year.
Team DPF?is?the grassroots fundraising community that supports the Davis Phinney Foundation through participation in a wide range of athletic and community-based events. With a focus on fun, personal empowerment and fundraising for Parkinson's, Team DPF welcomes all ages and abilities. With roots in cycling, Team DPF also extends to runners, climbers, swimmers, hikers, community events and more. Team DPF is sponsored by: Primal, Alt Red, SCRATCH Labs, BOCO Gear, The Sufferfest, Baker Insurance and Boulder Neurological and Spine Associates. Visit?dpf.org?to learn more.
SOURCE Davis Phinney Foundation