Sonny Whelen's Racing for a Cure


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.

Sonny Whelen


The foundation's Promise

We are risk-takers and problem-solvers

We take risks other funders can’t or won’t in order to push the most promising treatments forward — an approach that in two decades has transformed the PD research field.

Team Fox

Team Fox is the grassroots community fundraising program of The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Since 2006, Team Fox members worldwide have been turning their passions and interests into opportunities to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s research.

Every penny donated by Team Fox members goes straight to our high-impact research programs to help speed a cure for Parkinson’s disease.



We hope you can donate and help us in our race for a cure. If you have any ideas for additional fundraising opportunities. Please reach out.