Mr. Green Lantern, Ryan Reynolds, who currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, is challenging his fans to get involved in helping to speed a cure for Parkinson’s by “liking” the Foundation’s Facebook page . If the foundation page reaches 100,000 Facebook fans as part of its national Parkinson’s Awareness Month campaign, Reynolds will add $10,000 of his own money to the charity.
This is not the first time that Reynolds, played superhero for this organization. As a member of Team Fox, Reynolds ran the ING NYC Marathon, his first, in 2008. He wrote about the decision to run on his Huffington Post blog, engaging his fan base and ultimately raising over $100,000 for Parkinson’s research. Reynolds’ finish time of 3:50:22 inspired another Team Fox fundraiser, Tim Reid, to launch the “Beating Ryan Reynolds” campaign the following year.
Reynolds wrote about running the NYC Marathon on his Huffington Post blog: “Why on earth would I willfully do this? On behalf of my father… who’s spent the last 15 years in a life or death struggle with Parkinson’s disease.” He continues, “A year and a half ago, I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Michael J. Fox. Like so many before me, I found it impossible not to be touched by his story of overwhelming strength, passion and relentless commitment to help those afflicted with this insidious disease. The man is inspiration exemplified… In a moment of extremely poor judgment, I offered to do something big for him — I offered to compete in the New York City Marathon.”
In addition to clicking “like,” visitors to the Foundation’s Facebook page can upload their personal stories in video, pictures or writing to share how they are “in” the fight against PD with MJFF and it’s community.