Evan is doing one million push-ups for Parkinson's disease (PD) awareness and challenging the world to complete 100 million push-ups and raise 100 million dollars for Parkinson's research, caregiver outreach and mental health.
Evan Cutler was inspired by his parents — his father, Keith, who battled through a 14-year Parkinson’s journey, while his mother navigated life in her decade-long caregiver role. “Watching my parents push through Parkinson’s with strength and grace inspired me to find a way to give them something back and hopefully inspire them,” Evan said.
On June 23, 2015, Evan came up with the simple idea of challenging himself to 100 push-ups every single day for the rest of his life. Two years and 73,000 push-ups later for Evan, Keith’s Parkinson’s journey ended at the young age of 74 on June 23, 2017.
Evan’s son, Jonah, calculated that if Evan continued his daily push-ups until that same age of 74, he would reach one million push-ups. "If I can do one million push-ups in my lifetime, and I can, then we should be able to get the world to do 100 million! And while we’re at it, let’s raise 100 million dollars, too,” Evan said. “This would be an engaging way to spread awareness, while challenging and inspiring people to improve their health and have some fun.”
After consulting with his network of smart friends, colleagues and supporters, they all wholeheartedly agreed. An executive board was formed, as was The Cutler Foundation, which now hosts the #PushUps4Parkinsons #100Million push-up challenge.
Please accept Evan’s challenge to join the movement and make a difference: do 10 Push-Ups and log them at PushUps4Parkinsons.org and challenge friends to do the same.