To help raise money for Parkinson’s, actor Ryan Reynolds ran in this past weekend’s New York Marathon. Read the rest of the story and see photos and video of Ryan Reynolds below.
Ryan Reynolds ran in Sunday’s New York Marathon to support Team Fox. After crossing the finish line in 3 hours and 50 minutes (giving him an average of 8:47 a mile!), Reynolds told reporters that running the marathon was “an incredible experience.”
Reynolds ran for Michael J. Fox’s Team Fox, a fundraiser to help raise money for Parkinson’s research. Reynolds’ father, Jim, has suffered with the disease for the past 15 years. Reynolds told People that during the race:
“I thought a lot about my father and Michael [J. Fox] and the 500,000 other people afflicted with this awful disease in the United States alone. I ran for those who can’t.”
Michael J. Fox was at the race, standing on the sidelines cheering on the runners. When Reynolds saw him, he said:
“When I saw Michael J. Fox on Fifth Avenue, I gained about 15 pounds in goose bumps. It kind of pushed me through the last six miles or so.”
Reynolds was certainly running for a good cause. Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder where certain nerve cells die or become impaired, which leads to tremors, rigidity, slow movement, and balance difficulties. 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States, and there are 1.5 million Americans currently suffering with the disorder.
More photos and a video of Ryan Reynolds are below.
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