Man with Parkinson's to run NYC Marathon with family

November 2, 2011 1:49:46 PM PDT
One local man is defying the odds with his family is right by his side. He's inspired an entire town to raise money for an important cause.

Michael Kelly says he's ready for the NYC Marathon this Sunday.

But he is an unlikely athlete

Seven years ago at the age of 50, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, a condition that affects the brain balance and movement.

"With every Parkinson patient the hardest thing to do is stay still so I'd rather be on the go," he says.

On the go and running inspired by his two daughters.

Two years ago the sisters signed up for the NYC Marathon to raise money for Parkinson's research.

But Jennie got injured while training.

"So I said I'll take her place that was it," adds Michael.

Mary was injured during the race, and their father was the only one to finish.

"It gives him a lot of a reason to bust our chops cause we're the young ones who can't make it," says Mary Kelly.

Growing up they were always active together and this year they're doing the marathon together.

Together they have raised over $22,000 this year alone, all of it going to the Michael J. Fox foundation.

Since it began in 2006, Team Fox runners have raised $12 million to fight Parkinson Disease.