McFarland resident Libby Pavelec isn’t letting the COVID-19 pandemic or safer-at-home order stopping her from raising funds in the battle against Parkinson’s disease.

In place of the 5k run and walk she held last year, this year’s 608 Fox Trot will be a virtual challenge.

“April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, so this year my family and I challenging our friends and community members to get out and get active throughout the month of April,” Pavelec said. “Our challenge is to get active for 36.18 miles in any way – running, walking, biking, etc.”

The 36.18 miles is a tribute to her mother, Nicole Pavelec, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s on March 6, 2018.

“As well, it has always been our goal to donate money to the Michael J Fox Foundation, so we will be selling 608 Fox Trot T-shirts for $25 each with all proceeds going to the MJFF,” Pavelec said.

The fundraiser runs through Thursday, April 30.

Donations can be made online at

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