This week we spoke with Aquinnah Fox, President of Pancakes for Parkinson’s. This is what she had to say:

Q: What is your position in the Pancakes for Parkinson’s, and how did you get involved with it?

A: I currently serve as co-President of Pancakes for Parkinson’s, along with Caroline Frank. As presidents, we are in charge of managing 30+ organization members as well as collaborating with other Duke organizations to host several events throughout each Fall and Spring. The summer after my freshman year I interned part time at the Michael J. Fox Foundation, a Parkinson’s research foundation whose aim is to raise and distribute funding for Parkinson’s research, with a goal of finding a cure. The head of Team Fox, the grassroots community fundraising program at the foundation, gave me the idea of creating a Pancakes for Parkinson’s group at Duke. Pancakes for Parkinson’s is an organization founded at UVA that centers around an event in which volunteers flip pancakes to raise awareness for the cause. Caroline and I brought the organization to Duke during the fall of 2015 and have been pleasantly surprised by the success it has achieved in its 2 years of existence.

Q: What has been your favorite experience with your organization?

A: My favorite experience with Pancakes for Parkinson’s has been watching our efforts come together on the day of fundraising events. Each school year we host two bar nights as well as a larger Spring Fair on the main quad. The events are always a blast and it is such a fun way to raise funds and awareness for a worthy cause. Our members work all year to make sure the events run smoothly and there is no greater feeling than watching your hard work pay off. Our next event will be a Halloween Midnight Breakfast at Devine’s on October 31st from 8:30pm to 12:00am. We would love for as many people as possible to come support and join us in flipping for a cure!

Q: How do you think the events that you host effect patients with Parkinson’s and students and Duke?

A: There have been many instances in which a student or faculty member has approached our organization at a fundraising event to share a personal experience about a family member or close friend who has suffered from Parkinson’s disease. These individuals have praised our fundraising efforts and routinely explain how much it means to them that we are supporting a cause so close to their hearts. Additionally, many of our members first chose to get involved with P4P because of a personal connection tot he cause.

Q: If someone wanted to get involved how would they go about that?

A: If someone wants to get involved they can email akf14@duke.edu and we can add them to our listserv, where they will get informed about our various committees as well as volunteer opportunities.