5. Is the team getting a free trip around the world?
No. Several team members have family members who suffer from Parkinson's Disease. Each expedition team
member is a volunteer who has donated one year of their life and paid $10,000 toward their expenses to
join the LONGITUDE Expedition. Expenses include visas, meals, hotels, transport, etc. In addition, every
team member has agreed to perform several expedition roles and works each day to manage four programs from
the road. The team has raised their own money from corporate sponsors to offset their expenses. Team
expenses are subsidized through generous product and service contributions from sponsors. Sponsor
contributions also allow the Drive Around the World Organization and the Parkinson's Institute to
focus on fundraising tasks and their support means that 100% of funds raised through sponsorship to
go directly to the Parkinson's Institute.
6. Why was the Parkinson's Institute selected as beneficiary?
The Parkinson's Institute is a world-class treatment center that is widely received as one of the
leaders in Parkinson's research and patient care. The Parkinson's Institute is visited by patients
from all over the globe and known for their highly productive basic and clinical research departments.
In addition, they are involved in national and international collaborations and take a leadership role
in the fight to cure Parkinson's Disease. For these reasons, the Parkinson's Institute has been selected
to be the beneficiary of Drive Around the World's LONGITUDE Expedition. They are also in the Silicon
Valley backyard of the Drive Around the World headquarters. The role of the Parkinson's Institute during
the expedition is to conduct and manage the fundraising process.