JAKE’S RIDE SPONSORS
Jake’s Ride began in 2008 when a community decided to come together to support a local family. Jake Silverman had recently been diagnosed with early onset dystonia at the age of ten. Closely related to Parkinson’s disease, dystonia is an incurable neurological movement disorder that causes uncontrollable, painful spasms, in one or more parts of the body. David Gardner, a neighbor approached the Silvermans with the idea for a bike ride fundraiser to raise both awareness and dollars in their battle against dystonia.
David’s idea has flourished into one of the largest grass-root fundraisers against movement disorders. The Jake’s Ride committee and The Michael J. Fox Foundation team up to produce a seamless family-oriented event in Short Hills, New Jersey. Thousands of friends and neighbors join together as a united community to ride for a cure.
Since this Ride against dystonia and Parkinson’s disease began, donations have exceeded $2.5 million, funding twenty-three medical research grants and six fellowships. While also raising awareness for these movement disorders, a generation of young people were taught the power and rewards of giving back.
You have limitless options for directing your charitable giving, and words cannot express the appreciation felt for helping Jake and his fellow warriors. Jake’s Ride seeks to increase awareness of dystonia and Parkinson’s disease, to raise funds for medical research and patient treatment, and to ultimately find cures for these disorders.
Jake’s Ride Michael J. Fox Internship Opportunity
Jake’s Ride and the Michael J. Fox Foundation would like to sponsor an internship opportunity for high school juniors and seniors.
Interested students should write a one page essay expressing why it is important for individuals and communities to support a cause.
- What does it do for the individual and the community as a whole?
- What are the benefits to the cause and how can it change people’s lives?
The essay that best expresses the significance of supporting a cause will be invited to intern at the Michael J. Fox Foundation in NYC for two weeks.
(Dates for the internship are to be mutually decided.) In addition, the author of the essay will be asked to read it at Jake’s Ride on May 1, 2016.
Please submit your essay to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1, 2016.