2018 Year In Review

Oh what a year it’s been!

 

2018 Was our busiest year yet, but so amazing! We enjoyed bringing new fundraising opportunities to our community, and continuing to learn about PD and the research being conducted. From our Coach Purse Raffle, to cheering on Jimmy Choi – Fox Ninja at his American Ninja Warrior Nation competition, to the The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Research Salon here in Detroit.

 

We hosted our first Golf Outing at Meadowbrook Country Club, and welcomed Debi Brooks the co-founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to our team meeting here in Detroit. We raffled off a gorgeous Chanel Boy Bag, and created paintings with fellow Parkinson’s Patients here in Northville Michigan. We were welcomed to Fleming’s of Birmingham to enjoy a night of appreciation for our continued sponsors and supporters. We launched our “Lucky Fox” Jewelry Line, which can now be purchased online from our brand new website! We hosted our 3rd Annual “Team Fox in the D” Gala, our labor of love, where our “Raise the Flag” initiative raised over $33,000 in less than 10 minutes! We not only reached, but exceeded our goal in raising $258,100 for Parkinson’s Research, which is the best part of the entire year!

 

The Team Fox Detroit team raised awareness and funds in 2018 through our “Fox in the D” apparel sales. For each Golf/or T-shirt that was sold this year, Team Fox Detroit donated $5 to The MJFF for Parkinson’s Research for a grand total of $650.

 

Our “Lucky Fox” jewelry line was set up as another way to help raise money for research. For every “Lucky Fox” jewelry purchase, 25% was and will be contributed to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. In 2018 the total jewelry contribution was $937! May your Lucky Fox guide you when you are feeling lost and need help finding your way.

 

Thank you to everyone who donated or purchased a piece of jewelry or apparel. We can’t slow down now-we have put together a calendar of events for 2019 to help continue to speed progress. We can’t thank you once again for your continued support in giving the gift of HOPE to those living with Parkinson’s Disease.

 

Here’s to 2019, we can’t wait to see what is in store for us in Detroit, Michigan!

 

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Donna Rajkovic is the founder and director of Team Fox Detroit. Diagnosed in 2012 with early onset Parkinson’s disease, she has set out in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to do one thing: cure Parkinson’s and go out of business.

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Donna Rajkovic

Founder & President

Donna founded Team Fox Detroit in 2016, a 501c(3) public charity dedicated to supporting the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. She became President in 2018 when the charity she founded received its official IRS designation. She was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease in 2012 and has been enrolled in the Parkinson’s Progression Marker Initiative (PPMI) research study at the Cleveland Clinic for seven years. The PPMI study is dedicated to finding a biomarker for Parkinson’s disease which would make it easier to diagnose and target new medications to stop disease progression. She is also enrolled in Fox Insight, an online clinical study where people with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones share information that could transform the search for better treatments.

In addition to leading Team Fox Detroit, Donna serves as President of Serbian Sisters Ravanica whose primary function is to raise money to support children’s activities in the St. Lazarus Parish as well as other Orthodox charities in the Detroit metropolitan area. She also serves as Second Vice President of The Executive Board of St. Lazarus Ravanica Serbian Orthodox Church in Detroit, Michigan.

Donna is committed to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through funding research. She lives in Novi, MI with her husband Mike and their three sons, Stevan, Daniel, and Alan.

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