NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - James Mangini served time defending our country in the United States Army, but now he's on another mission.
Mangini, a Charleston Southern University grad, is running a thousand miles, raising awareness about Parkinson's disease.
The disorder affects the brain and can lead to shaking or tremors, as well as difficulty with walking, movement and coordination. Mangini says both his grandfather and great-grandfather had Parkinson's disease and now he's starting to show some signs of the disease.
The goal of the run is to raise awareness and money for research for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
"I've come to find out, that's there not much awareness about Parkinson's and even though some communities have heard about it, they are not aware of the debilitating affects and there is no cure currently," Mangini said.
Mangini hit the pavement just outside of North Charleston city hall just after 10:30 am. on Monday.
He says he'll run about 35 miles a day for about 30 days. He plans to arrive in New York on June 7.