'Broken down, but spirits are up;' Local man runs 1,000 miles for a cause

Mangini poses for a picture on the George Washington Bridge Thursday. (Provided)

By Tessa

MOUNT PLEASANT, S. C. (WCIV) -- A local man strapped on running shoes a month ago today with the intent of running 1,000 miles to raise money and awareness for Parkinson's disease.

James Mangini left from Charleston on May 7 and arrived on schedule at his final destination, New York City, Thursday morning.

Speaking via telephone he said, "My body is broken down, but my spirits are high."

The 1,000 mile marathon has been a very personal journey. Mangini's great grandfather died from the disease and his father was diagnosed with the chronic degenerative neurological disorder six years ago. Mangini is also showing early signs of Parkinson's.

On why he chose to run from S.C. to NYC, "I thought it was a good idea and good representation of what the Parkinson's community goes through each day. They face their challenges sometimes, even buttoning up a shirt, so I felt putting myself through this torture, if you will, is a good way to honor that community."

Mangini ran eight to 10 hours or 33 miles each day. His determination and endurance helped him to raise $30,000 total for Parkinson's research.

He will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. today at the offices of The Michael J. Fox Foundation in New York.

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