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Local artist to raise funds for Michael J. Fox Foundation

By Staff | May 8, 2015

The artwork of Julia Springer, of Shepherdstown, will be on display in the Fellowship Hall of Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church from May 10 until June 7. Springer will be exhibiting works featuring Shepherdstown, and will be available to talk about her work and answer questions at an Artist’s Reception at noon on Sunday, May 24. This is a Team Fox event, benefiting The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF); 33 percent of the purchase price of any pieces sold or ordered directly from the artist during the event will be donated to the MJFF.

Springer aims to raise $1500 or more this year to enable MJFF to continue aggressively funding research to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Since April 1 she has pledged to donate 25 percent of all sales through her website to the cause, but is increasing that donation to 33 percent for this special event.

“I chose to pledge a portion of the sales of my art as part of Team Fox because my family is one of many thousands that have been impacted by Parkinson’s Disease, and I wanted to do something personally to further the Foundation’s mission. They are funding cutting-edge research to bring meaningful advances in treatments and eventually a cure to people affected by this disease,” said Springer.

Over five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease, a chronic, degenerative

neurological disorder whose symptoms typically progress from mild tremors to complete physical

incapacitation. In the United States, an estimated 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone.

There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease. Current treatments mask symptoms but do not alter or

slow disease progression.

Team Fox started in 2006 as the community fundraising division of The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Currently, Team Fox has over 1600 active members and has raised more than $27 million toward

accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition

today. The Michael J. Fox Foundation, the largest private funder of Parkinson’s Research, pursues its

goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program, and has invested more than

$400 million in research to date.

For more information, visit: Julia’s Team Fox page; www.juliaspringer.com; www.teamfox.org