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    Posted May 26, 2014 by
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    Run-the-World 4 Parkinson's Disease

     
    I am a physician and Air Force Colonel and 4 years ago at the age of 44, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. The disease that threatened to take away my two favorite hobbies, sports and travel, gave me a cause toward which to apply my passion. To advance Parkinson’s Disease awareness and funding, I began a journey on 4/4/2014 to run 4 miles in 44 countries in 4 weeks/4 days. After circumnavigating the glove, covering over 72,000 miles by plane, running in up to 3 countries per day and 176 miles total in just over a month - I completed the journey that began in Mongolia and ended in my home of Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Along the way, I met with Parkinson's Disease support groups, local running clubs and many others impacted by Parkinson's Disease. I flew over Mt. Everett, ran through Petra and the Pyramids of Giza and even found the home of James Parkinson, himself, in London. In Slovenia, I ran with a medalist from the Sochi Olympics and in Croatia, I met the President. In Fiji, I ran alone, barefoot on the beach at sunset, while in Vietnam, I ran the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City in the midday sun, weighted down by a backpack and gifts.

    I was fortunate to have my story featured by local media in many of the countries I visited, my home of Las Vegas and through the various US Air Force outlets. I was also fortunate to have a huge cheering section of family and friends following on my blog (www.444ParkinsonsTraveler.org) and facebook page. Clearly this support was a major key to my success.

    In the end, despite an exhausting itinerary, I could not imagine a more rewarding way to spend a month of my life.

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