Minnesotan, Unshaken by Parkinson's, to Join Thousands in NYC to Raise Funds and Awareness in fight of the Disease

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He played instrumental part to get day proclaimed “Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Day” by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. The Governor has issued a Proclamation calling April 16, 2011 “Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Day”. On that day, Mike Justak will join thousands who will assemble in New York City's Central Park to "walk" on behalf of those with the incurable Parkinson's disease (PD). His effort is entitled "Mike's Walk for Parkinson’s Disease" which hopes to raise funds while increasing awareness of the disease. Currently Parkinson's affects over 1.2 million Americans. Diagnosed with the disease at age 47, Justak decided he wanted to do more than just sit back and let the progressive disease take control of his body. He now has a dual career. He is an executive in the self-storage industry by day and Parkinson's crusader by night.

"The face of Parkinson's is changing...Thought of as a disease of the elderly, today nearly 1 in 5 diagnosed are under age 50."

With the backdrop of the Parkinson's Unity Walk, which is the largest grassroots effort for Parkinson's disease, Justak will walk alongside thousands in Central Park on Saturday, April 16. "I want to illustrate that the 'face' of Parkinson's is changing. It is usually thought of as a disease of the elderly, however nearly one-in-five are younger than fifty when diagnosed. Mike's Walk for Parkinson's Disease is a way to get the message out while raising funds to benefit those affected with this disease," Justak noted. His website contains images of Parkinson's sufferers, all of whom were diagnosed at an age under fifty. High profile figures who have Parkinson's include actor Michael J. Fox and former NBA player Brian Grant.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive, neurological disorder for which there is no cure. It strikes when a brain chemical, dopamine, no longer exists in sufficient quantity. Dopamine works like oil in an engine, providing the means for smooth transmission of movement of one's muscles.

Justak's appeal for pledges is unique. He asks that you treat him to a cup of your favorite coffeehouse coffee. "Of course I don't drink alone, so you join me," Justak chimed in. "So, with tax and tip that makes it seven dollars." He then urges you to forgo the coffee, take the seven dollars and donate it to his cause.

Armed with a Gubernatorial Proclamation from Minnesota's Governor Mark Dayton, Justak hopes to "stir up" interest in his cause. Funds raised from Mike's Walk will benefit Parkinson's sufferers through his IRS approved non-profit public charity, PFP Inc. "PFP seeks out new Partnerships for Parkinson's. Each day I crusade for a cure, for a way to make a difference in the life of someone who has this terrible disease. I will walk. I ask for a simple gesture. That being to forgo seven dollars of your weekly coffee budget and join me in taking a step closer to the cure." Learn more at http://www.pfp-mn.org.

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