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Powering Cures with Pure Human Endurance

A session at SXSW Interactive 2013

  • Sam Fox

Monday 11th March, 2013

5:00pm to 6:00pm (CST)

In 2011, Sam Fox, then 24, ran 2,650 miles from Canada to Mexico in 61 days -- the equivalent of 1.5 marathons a day for two months. Inspired by his mother Lucy, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000, his journey raised $150,000 for The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF). Since then, Sam has found the ultimate expression of his personal and professional goals as MJFF's Outreach and Engagement Officer, serving as the inspiration and guide for other extreme fundraisers who recognize the power of a single individual to impact countless lives for the better. MJFF works tirelessly every day with one urgent goal in mind: accelerating breakthroughs patient can feel in their every lives. Just as MJFF questions the traditional research enterprise and innovates to improve patients' lives, Sam uses feats of physicality to question the status quo -- while challenging and inspiring young people to instigate change in their own unique way.

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Sam Fox

Engagement & Outreach Officer, The Michael J Fox Foundation

In 2011 Sam Fox, then 24, put himself through the grueling challenge of running 2,650 miles in 60 days from Canada to Mexico through the mountains and deserts of the Pacific Crest Trail. Inspired by his mother, Lucy, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000, his journey raised $150,000 for The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Since then, Sam has found the ultimate expression of his personal and professional goals as the Foundation's Outreach and Engagement Officer, serving as the inspiration and guide for other extreme fundraisers who recognize the power of a single individual to impact countless lives for the better. Sam helps lead other extreme athletic fundraisers to optimize their endurance and fundraising strategies to maximize critical research funds. But he didn't leave his running shoes or craving for adventure in Mexico. In June 2011, he raised another $45,000 by running over 100 miles in a single day from Manhattan's Times Square to Southampton, New York.

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When

Time 5:00pm6:00pm CST

Date Mon 11th March 2013

Where

Room 6AB, Austin Convention Center

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Solo / Dual / Panel

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#MJFFatSXSW

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