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New race fights for girls and a cure

— Girls on the Run is a North American non-profit program that seeks to address all aspects of a girl’s development through running to enhance physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual well-being.

The program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a curriculum that creatively integrates running.

Founder Mary Barker faced her own struggles, including alcohol, when she realized a running program saved her. She founded Girls on the Run in 1996, growing from 13 girls then to serving more than 60,000 yearly.

Girls on the Run provides an environment that allows girls to reach their full potential, serving youth 8-13.

It operates in 45 states and Canada.

“We are trying to get a branch going here,” Desautels said.

Team Fox, launched in 2006, features members running, climbing, flipping pancakes, hosting concerts, golfing and more to help find a cure and fund Parkinson’s research.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.

Desautels has been working hard to help with research and finding a cure, especially since her father was diagnosed.

“It is a slow progressing disease, and he is plugging along,” she said. “But it is draining and gets harder for him to eat.”

The race is currently seeking sponsors and donations.

For more information contact: stephdesautels@gmail.com, or through Facebook at facebook.com/donutdash5k.

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