Adaptive Shoes to Benefit Parkinson’s Research

Nike has released it’s first pair of self lacing shoes, the Nike Mag, to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation in it’s efforts to fund research into finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.  Fox was gifted with the first pair of the limited release of the adaptive shoes, which tighten and loosen according to the wearer’s needs. The shoes were inspired by the futuristic kicks worn by Fox’s character Marty McFly in the 1985 movie Back to the Future.  One hundred per cent of the money raised by the draw to win the shoes will be donated to fund research for Parkinson’s.

One in every 100 people over the age of 60 will be diagnosed with P.D. and the degenerative brain disease affects an estimated 5 million people worldwide.  Parkinson’s is a chronic and degenerative movement disorder which causes not only symptoms that impair physical function but can also result in depression, cognitive impairment, pain and fatigue.   Drug therapy can help manage symptoms but over the long term becomes ineffective and does not slow down the progression of the disease.

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at age 29 and has used his celebrity as a well known actor to create the Michael J. Fox Foundation.  Since then, the foundation has funded more than $650 million in research to help speed a cure.

The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, a more widely available power-lacing sneaker is set to be released to the public on November 28, 2016.

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