In addition to demonstrating the diversity that is Celtic music, all songs on this CD share one other common theme: none are about Parkinson’s Disease. I was diagnosed with PD at age 36, but I refuse to let that diagnosis define my life. PD is something I have, it is not who I am. Perhaps the most common question I am asked is, “how can you be so positive and optimistic?” While PD is a chronic, degenerative disease, it is not a death sentence. Since being diagnosed with PD, I have fallen in love, gotten married, been hired for my dream job, and become a songwriter. In addition, I know that amazing scientific advances have been made recently in the battle against PD. Now is the time to ensure that funding continues to support the research to end PD.
Over the last few years, remarkable advances have been made in the fight against PD, and more advances are just around the corner. As a person with PD, I want to contribute to those efforts. As a songwriter and long-time fan of traditional music, organizing a benefit CD seemed to be the logical way to do that.
In putting together the songs and artists for this CD, I wanted to share two messages. The first is simply to share the rich diversity that is Celtic music. From ballads to history to sly humor to just sheer fun, this genre covers the spectrum. The second is that defeating Parkinson’s is possible if we work together. With the help of my friends and family, I defeat Parkinson’s every day as I refuse to let it define who I am. Every song on this CD bears witness to my success, because I co-wrote every song and not a single one is about Parkinson’s. Instead, they are simply songs about life and friends and family.
This benefit CD is organized as a Team Fox project. Team Fox was launched in January 2006 as a way to support individual efforts to raise money for The Michael J. Fox Foundation, and all the proceeds from this album will be donated to that foundation. By supporting my Team Fox efforts, you are helping The Michael J. Fox Foundation achieve its mission to bring better treatments and, ultimately, a cure to people living with Parkinson’s disease.