Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation. It means understanding that something is what it is and there’s got to be a way through it.”  – Michael J. Fox

Getting the Detroit community involved

There are five million people worldwide living with Parkinson’s disease – a chronic, degenerative, neurological disorder. In the United States alone, there will be 60,000 new cases diagnosed this year–and the incidence rate continues to rise. In 2016, we formed Team Fox Detroit, or “Team Fox in the D,” to raise awareness of Parkinson’s Disease in the Detroit Metro area. Team Fox Detroit provides those afflicted with PD, their families, friends, and loved ones the opportunity to be intimately involved with finding a cure.

As members of the Team Fox network–the grassroots fundraising arm of The Michael J. Fox Foundation–our team worked tirelessly to put together our inaugural gala in 2016, followed by second and third galas. All were tremendously successful events with a serious purpose–collectively raising over $832,792 with 100% of the proceeds donated to The Michael J. Fox Foundation research programs to find a cure.

Supporting the Michael J. Fox Foundation

In 2018, we are excited to expand our impact and have formally established our own 501(c)(3), Fox in the D–which is singularly dedicated to raising funds in support of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for research. The Michael J. Fox Foundation accelerates high impact science through smart risk-taking and problem-solving–committing themselves to urgency and efficiency with a patient-centered focus.

Our founder

Our founder, Donna Rajkovic, is one of the thousands of people around the globe living with PD who has adopted the MJFF’s singular goal: to cure Parkinson’s and go out of business. She continues to lead Team Fox Detroit with fervor and commits herself fully to funding research for a cure. On behalf of Team Fox Detroit, we would like to thank you for your unwavering support in fundraising efforts. We promise to commit ourselves to continue to fund research for a cure and refuse to stop until its been discovered.

More about our community.

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Upcoming events

Are you willing to lend us a hand in support of finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease? You can show support by attending one of our lovely events or by donating directly.

Participate in a study

Trial participation is a crucial last step to finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. You can accelerate that process through our secure and anonymous Fox Trial Finder.

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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.