Ellie Hagen, of Northfield, owner of Body in Balance in Linwood, rides her bike across the Route 52 bridge on Sunday as part of a fundraiser she created to fight Parkinson’s disease.

Someone asked Eleanor Hagan if she enjoyed the view atop the Route 52 bridge into Ocean City during a 13-mile bike ride held Sunday as part of the inaugural Move For The Cure event she organized.

"I said, 'Are you kidding?' All I kept thinking was, 'I think I can, I think I can,'" she said after pedaling up the steep incline.

Hagan might have been more exhausted just from working to put together the fundraiser that helped the National and American Parkinson's foundations. It also included a run, a yoga class and a wellness expo at her physical therapy center, Body in Balance in Linwood.

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Nevertheless, she said it went well, attracting hundreds of people and likely raising thousands of dollars.

"It was a nice community event," she said.

Hagan, 62, of Northfield, said the event's success could have also been measured by the joy it brought the participants and volunteers, many of whom Hagan said had Parkinson's disease yet helped tremendously.

"I couldn't have done this by myself," she said. "I have a lot of people to thank."

April is Parkinson's awareness month, and Hagan specializes in Parkinson's treatment, hosting weekly support and exercise programs at her facility on Central Avenue.

More For The Cure is planned to be held annually from now on, Hagan said, and she was already making notes about how to make it better.

One thing she said she hopes to maintain for future years, though, would be Sunday's sunny sky and warm temperatures.

"You couldn't have asked for better weather," she said.

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