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Don Long, son Brayden, and wife Jen
Don Long, son Brayden, and wife Jen
Don Long, Chair
My journey with Pacing for Parkinson's began shortly after my mom's diagnosis in 2013. I wanted to help however I could to support those dealing with Parkinson's and their families. I happened upon P4P while clicking through Baltimore Running Festival's website and am back for my fourth year running with the team. 2017 marks my second year as Chairman of the planning committee and I am excited to see the team grow and continue to support JHU and it's patients.
Aliya Reich
Aliya Reich
Aliya Reich, Co-Chair
Aliya came to be involved with Pacing for Parkinson's after running the Baltimore Running Festival 5k in 2013 and just happened to walk by the P4P tent. The rest was history! P4P is of particular meaning to Aliya because both of her grandfathers suffered from Parkinson's Disease, and her mother has been coping with its effects herself since 2007. 2017 marks Aliya’s first year as co-chair of the committee, her third year on the committee, and her fourth year running with the team - this year, she'll complete her first Balti-MORON (5k and the half marathon in the same morning!). Aliya has raised more than $7,400 for P4P since 2014 and hopes to break a total of $10,000 in 2017.
Pat Kaunitz and Paul DeLuca
Pat Kaunitz and Paul DeLuca
Paul DeLuca and Pat Kaunitz, Founding Members
 
Paul DeLuca
I decided to get involved in Pacing for Parkinson’s because the need was genuine.  The JHU PDMD center is committed to improving the lives of PD patients and their families.  The challenge to do more is always there, and if we can help to enable even a few more programs it is well worth my time. This organization allows me to not only give back to an organization that benefitted my family tremendously, but also gives me an extreme amount of personal satisfaction that I am somehow able to bring those affected by Parkinson’s Disease closer as a community so that they can help each other.
 
Pat Kaunitz
My father Gene DeLuca passed in 2005 after his 20+ year battle with Parkinson's and after many years served by the Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorder Clinic at Johns Hopkins.  During that time, our family benefited from the progressive thinking staff and I knew I needed to be a part of their continued success even after my father was gone.  In the last several years we have seen so many advancements - advancements I wish Dad could have benefitted from - but the work is nowhere near done.  I am not a nurse, doctor, or therapist, but what I can do is help raise money so that they have the resources to serve this generation of families living with Parkinson's - and work to make sure that the future holds generations without PD.
Brandon and Julie Bullock
Brandon and Julie Bullock
Julie and Brandon Bullock
The Bullocks are a family of two ....plus the support of too many to count. While Parkinson's Disease is something that Julie experiences on a personal level, she shares what it feels like with her family and friends.  In her workplace, she uses it as an educational tool so that those around her can better understand the challenges she faces.  Brandon works year-round to ensure that businesses are made aware of the PDMDC and encourages them to support their community and their customers at a tangible level. In the 5 years their team "FMD & Friends" has been fundraising, they have generated over $25,000 of support, a number they are striving to add to significantly in 2017. This is the second year that the Bullocks have served on the P4P committee.
Andy Fish
Andy Fish
Andy Fish
For me, supporting P4P is a natural way to express appreciation for care my family and I have been fortunate to experience among the kind and caring staff at Johns Hopkins.  Now in my fourth year at it, the Baltimore Running Festival has become a fun way to celebrate Baltimore, accomplish a personal fitness goal and with P4P help others!
Kathy Hobart and husband James 'Hobie'
Kathy Hobart and husband James "Hobie"
Kathy Hobart
I came to P4P largely through running in the Baltimore Running Festival. My husband had been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s and I was searching for a way to DO something. As a result, I met many wonderful people associated with Pacing 4 Parkinson’s and from there it was an easy step to become actively involved. I look forward to participating in many events as well as become educated about Parkinson’s and an advocate for those facing the challenges of Parkinson’s.
Andy Katz & Team Thunder Katz
Andy Katz & Team Thunder Katz
Andy Katz
Andy and his wife Susan participated in their first P4P 5K race  in 2011,  the year after he was first diagnosed with Parkinson's. Since then Andy has been active with the P4P committee in various capacities. Since his diagnosis, Andy has participated in numerous clinical research studies including PPMI sponsored by the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Andy is a presenter at the biannual newly diagnosed PD seminars conducted by Hopkins PDMD staff and at biannual clinical skills training sessions for first year neurological medical students. Each year Andy and Sue have fielded a 5K team of family and friends larger than the previous year. Last year the Thunderkatz numbered 15. We'll see you on race day.
Kaylin Kopcho
Kaylin Kopcho
Kaylin Kopcho
Kaylin Kopcho is a development officer for Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology. In this role, Kaylin connects the passions of individuals and organizations with philanthropic investment opportunities in the Division of Neuroimmunology and Neurological Infections and the Division of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. She has been involved with Pacing for Parkinson's since 2015 and served on its committee since 2016.
Wendy Long (center) and family
Wendy Long (center) and family
Wendy Long
I am honored to be a part of the P4P committee 2017, and a participant in the Baltimore Running Festival 5k this year. It's been 4 years since being diagnosed with Parkinson's. P4P gives me hope towards a cure knowing that so many individuals, generously donating time and money, are working hard to support the John's Hopkins Movement Disorder Clinic. These donations provide resources for myself and many others battling PD. With the support of my family and extended family in P4P, I will continue to be a Parkinson's Warrior. Thank you to all for your donations!
Jenna Scott
Jenna Scott
Jenna Scott
I love running and anything fitness related.  I was so excited to discover Pacing for Parkinson's on the Baltimore Running Festival website in 2013. My Granny had Parkinson's at the time and it was an amazing way to feel like I was making a difference in the Parkinson's community and to have the chance to connect with  other supportive people who were in a similar position to myself.  There are so many exercise programs for people with Parkinson's that I have learned about while running for P4P that I did not know about while my Granny was battling Parkinson’s. My hope in running for P4p is to raise awareness and education on Parkinson’s so that families and individuals never feel like they are handling this alone.  When I feel tired or fatigued during runs, I think of my Granny and all of the other people with Parkinson’s now and it motivates me to never give up and to run even harder.  This year I am extremely grateful to be a part of the P4p committee! 
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Thank you from the faculty & staff at the Johns Hopkins Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center!!

We hope to see you on October 21, 2017!