AFP and AFP of Canada have made a contribution to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research based on the strength of membership renewals at last month’s AFP Annual Conference in Miami.
Five dollars was pledged for every renewal. A total of 572 AFP and AFP of Canada members renewed their memberships at the conference, bringing the total contribution to $2,860.
“It is a rare and humbling opportunity to get to meet and have a conversation with an individual who is so passionate, so courageous, so giving, and so impactful in their leadership,” said Michael Connolly, CTP, Vice President & Treasurer with Tiffany & Co. and Past AFP Chairman. “We learned a great deal from Michael J. Fox, both on stage and behind stage. I am extremely pleased that we at AFP were able to contribute to this cause.”
Susan J. Glass, CTP, Global Cash Manager at Hallmark Cards Inc. and Chairman of AFP's Board of Directors, said: “Michael motivates. He teaches. He positively influences others. And for as much as he has given of himself, Michael spoke most eloquently of a greater gift. The gift of one’s life—his life—being enriched from Parkinson’s. Michael’s words touched my heart in Miami. I am proud to support AFP’s contributions to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.”
Alberto Nunez, CTP, Treasurer with IAMGOLD and Chairman of AFP of Canada's Board of Directors, added: “As fellow Canadians, we are touched and honored by Michael’s commitment and efforts to make a real difference in helping find solutions to such a devastating disease. As we all know, any contribution—large or small—can make a difference. As Chairman of the AFP of Canada, I am personally very proud of the contributions our members have made to such an important cause.”
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is the second largest Parkinson’s research facility in the world. In his speech at the Annual Conference, Fox explained that the foundation is currently working on identifying Parkinson’s prior to the emergence of symptoms. For more information and to make a contribution yourself, visit the foundation’s website here.