Woman runs 40 races before age 40 for sick mom

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ATLANTA -- Jessica Sherrill set quite a goal. She wanted to run 40 races by her 40th birthday. That's three races a month.

She started running 13 years ago. Since then, she's lost 130 pounds and gotten healthier. Her mother, on the other hand, has not. She was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

It's difficult for Sherrill to talk about the impact the disease has had on their family. Instead, she decided to lace up her shoes and do something about it.

"I decided to run 40 races in one year, and it started the day after my 39th birthday," she said.

She ran races with costumes and glow sticks and her friend, all for one cause.

"My great-uncle had Parkinson's so we knew it was in the family and my mother was diagnosed not too long ago. I thought, what better way to raise awareness than to incorporate my 40 races," she said.

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Running turned Sherrill's health around when she lost the weight. Now she runs for the health of her mother.

Sherrill has teamed with American Parkinson Disease Association to raise awareness about the benefits of exercise for Parkinson's patients.

She completed her 40th race on Saturday, just a few days before her 40th birthday.

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