Former Yale track star runs 2,256 miles for charity

December 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A former Yale University track star is conquering Parkinson's Disease the only way he knows how: by running.

Twenty-four-year-old Sam Fox recently completed a 2,256-mile run along the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Canadian border in Washington State, to the Mexican border in San Diego.

Fox's mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2001. She has always been active, but her symptoms have become more noticeable over the years. Walking, hiking, and riding a bike have become a challenge. That's why Fox established his Run While You Can foundation and decided to hit the trail for those who can't. He raised more than $150,000 along the way.

It was a grueling challenge. Fox ran an average of 44 miles a day for two months straight. "There was no true rest on the trail," he said, "because life was measured in miles, not minutes".

Fox completed the run on Oct. 25 finishing the challenge arm in arm with his mother. Donations can still be made through All proceeds go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease Research.

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