GCS Credit Union employees and Zero Mile Fun Run representatives participate in a check presentation. Credit union employees raised $1,000 in September for the local run, which benefits the National Parkinson Foundation.
GCS Credit Union employees joined together to raise $1,000 in September to benefit the National Parkinson Foundation by donating to the local Zero Mile Fun Run.
There are 4-6 million people worldwide and 1 million in the United States with Parkinson’s disease, an incurable central nervous disorder that affects motor skills.
In an effort to support the community, GCS employees participate in Jeans Days each month. In exchange for a donation of $15 or more, employees were allowed to wear jeans on Fridays and Saturdays during September.
In 2009, Joyce Tracy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Since being diagnosed, she wanted to give back in some way. She saw a cartoon on Facebook about a Zero Mile Fun Run and the next morning she realized that was what she could do — have her friends pay not to run.
In 2015, Joyce had her first annual Zero Mile Fun Run and donated $6,000 to the National Parkinson Foundation. The second annual run will be 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Nameoki United Methodist Church, 1900 Pontoon Road, Granite City. The run includes a light breakfast, live music, boxing demonstrations and yoga stations.