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Jarvis would like to make the fundraiser an annual event. She had initially planned a spring date but doesn’t want to miss out on a matching challenge grant that will double what is raised here.
Her personal prognosis is good. Seeing actor Michael J. Fox at the Emmy Awards this month gives Jarvis and all Parkinson’s patients hope. “He looked and sounded better than ever,” Jarvis said.
Fox has lived with Parkinson’s for more than 20 years. His celebrity status has brought significant funding for research.
“It’s different for every patient and it’s getting better all the time with new medications and research,” she said. “My doctor has been very encouraging and thinks I can lead a fairly normal life for 30 to 40 years. Hopefully in that time, they’ll find a cure.”