Baehr Challenge, LTD is an Arizona 501(c)3 organization that creates awareness regarding fitness as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease while funding scientific research for improved treatments and a cure. The Baehr Challenge is a morning of conquering obstacles through fitness and play for people with Parkinson’s, family, friends and the local community.
The non-profit organization raises funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Since its inception in 2010, Baehr Challenge, LTD has raised more than $180,000 to fund scientific research for better treatments and a cure and to support local organizations that serve and guide people with Parkinson’s and their families.
The non-profit organization also reaches out to people who have been recently diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease helping them to find support and services to address the challenges of living with PD. The Baehr Challenge Team participates in panels and grassroots efforts that directly advocate for people with Parkinson’s.
My name is Brian Baehr. I’m 52 and I have Parkinson’s disease. In 2007, at the age of 47, I noticed a slight hand tremor and began to struggle with my hand writing. As I would write, my large, all-capital letters began to shrink leaving the last few words of each sentence illegible.
When my dad was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2007, it was a huge blow for our family. See, he has always been the cool-headed anchor of our family, the calm voice of reason, and the center of physical and emotional strength.