Joyce Chu and TEAM FOX Persevere for Parkinson’s Research
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One thing we are not short on at MAXIMUS is excellent employees with a diverse set of skills and talents. Today, the MAXIMUS Foundation is proud to highlight the work of one of these employees. Joyce Chu, a MAXIMUS employee in Rochester, New York, is an avid runner with a history of success. The winner of consecutive Ontario Shore Marathons in 2003 and 2004, Joyce took some time off from marathoning to pursue other time commitments. However, she still enjoyed running at her leisure and was concerned something was wrong when her runs weren’t going as smoothly as they once did. When her right leg would not keep up with her left, Joyce underwent an extensive medical evaluation and found she had developed Parkinson’s disease. It was a life-changing moment.
Now, fast forward to 2010 and to Joyce’s decision to re-emerge on the marathon scene, this time armed with a cause and a team. Running as a member of TEAM FOX to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research, Joyce was limited in her ability to train like she used to because of the disease. “I planned on walking half and running half,” she said, “but the adrenalin and excitement of the moment pushed me along to a time of 4 hours and 5 minutes.” As part of this incredible accomplishment Joyce was selected to be interviewed by Michael J. Fox for a promotional video about the impact of Parkinson’s.
Fast-forward again to the present. Joyce, who credits her experience with the TEAM FOX with changing her perspective on life, has used the power of her story and passion for running to raise over $30,000 in pursuit of a cure. This fall, Joyce plans to run in the Athens marathon – the oldest and most historic marathon course in the world – to help fund a cure for the 5 million people worldwide living with this chronic, degenerative disorder. With a fundraising goal of $10,000 for the Athens race, the MAXIMUS Foundation is proud to help Joyce and TEAM FOX achieve more inspiring results.