The Michael J. Fox Foundation
As the world's largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson's research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to accelerating a cure for Parkinson's disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today. The Foundation pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program coupled with active global engagement of scientists, Parkinson's patients, business leaders, clinical trial participants, donors and volunteers. In addition to funding $1.5 billion in research to date, the Foundation has fundamentally altered the trajectory of progress toward a cure.
George "Sonny" Whelen joined the Board of Directors of The Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2011. He is the owner and Executive VP of Whelen Engineering, Co, Inc., which designs, manufactures and assembles safety lighting and siren systems for the emergency warning industry. The company was founded over 70 years ago by his father, George W. Whelen III.