COLUMBIA – Linda Bennett competed in the Bear Creek Run Half Marathon on Saturday where she walked 13.1 miles towards herself and her husband’s goal of raising awareness and fundraising in hopes of finding a cure for the disease of Parkinson’s.
Back in April, John and Linda Bennett shared their story of raising funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation by biking, running, swimming and kayaking 2,021 miles by the end of 2021.
The couple discovered John Bennett was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010, but has remained active with the help of Linda Bennett since.
Linda Bennett’s goal is to cover 2,021 miles. John Bennett said his target was more modest 1,000 miles.
Linda Bennett created a Fund raising page through the Fox team for Parkinson’s research last year in hopes of hitting the $ 10,000 mark by the end of the year. The couple have now raised over 90% of their goal, with the current total being $ 9,186.
“She cycled across the state to raise money for the foundation, and now she’s running this half marathon. She did a lot of things. I’m very proud of her, ”said John Bennett.
John Bennett said his wife and a group of eight women cycled across the state on the Katy Trail in the course of a week. Linda gained an additional 250 miles towards their goal on this trip.
Linda Bennett plans to canoe down the Missouri River as part of the Missouri American Water MR340 race next summer.
According to the couple Fundraising, Linda Bennett exceeded her personal mileage goal for the year on Saturday – 2,021 miles.
John and Linda Bennett will continue to raise awareness and fundraise for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in the hopes of finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.