“We’re so lucky to have him as a spokesperson for our disease because he is the most upstanding citizen and he’s a father. He has brought awareness to it,” Jarvis said.
And Jarvis is hoping to bring some of that awareness to Norman. Jarvis officially launched The Nicole Jarvis, M.D. Parkinson’s Research Foundation Inc. on Facebook on Sept. 1.
“I’m trying to approach it like I want this to be something that puts Norman on the map. This can be something that we do as a community that is different than what other communities do. We want this to be something that Norman can be proud of,” Jarvis said. “We have to have research to have better treatment and, of course, my main goal is to find a cure.
“There are developments in treatments that can help people, but you have to have money to do all these clinical trials. People don’t realize how much money it costs to get a cure but to also get all of these treatments.”
In December, The Nicole Jarvis, M.D. Parkinson’s Research Foundation hosted a winter gala at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. The silent auction and seated dinner sold out in six weeks.
“We raised $115,000,” Jarvis said, and all of the money was donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
One thousand six hundred Team Fox members raised money for the foundation. Out of those teams, The Nicole Jarvis, M.D. Parkinson’s Research Foundation Inc. finished 12th place for the money they raised during the gala, and the team was invited in April to the Michael J. Fox Foundation Team Fox MVP Awards Dinner in New York City.
Even though Jarvis got to meet Fox at the awards dinner, she doesn’t plan to stop there. She’s already started planning the second annual Nicole Jarvis, M.D. Parkinson’s Research Foundation Inc. Winter Gala for Parkinson’s Research on Dec. 12 at Embassy Suites.