The sun is out, spring is here and that means the ride season we wait for all year long has finally begun.
Today I had the great gift of welcoming spring as I rode my first ride of the season. When I look back on the day 10 years ago when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I would never imagined that I would had the ability to climb toward Jamestown like I did today.That is the thing about this disease. There is so much more that people living with Parkinson’s can do to live well, to ride longer and to have a better life than they had first imagined.On May 22, the Road to Victory Bicycle Classic (R2V) [Link: http://www.road2victory.com/home/] will take place in Boulder. This ride is an event close to my heart because many people with Parkinson’s will join us on the road. Some do a short victory lap, some make it to the wonderful breakfast in Niwot and others go the distance, to Jamestown and back. They are all inspirations to me and to others in this ride.
Through the generosity of riders on the road at R2V, Copper, RAGBRAI and many other rides, the Davis Phinney Foundation has been able to touch tens of thousands of people with the message that living well with Parkinson’s is possible.
We know we are making a difference in the lives of these people and their families. Just last year we had over 5,000 people attend or be part of one of our programs.
But we can’t do this alone.
For 2011, the Davis Phinney Foundation aims to double the amount of people touched by our message through books, symposia and webinars. That’s 20,000 people.
To do this, we need your help.
Turn your Road 2 Victory ride [Link to: http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.kintera.org/Road2Victory] into a pledge ride and raise money and awareness that will truly make a difference. With every dollar you raise, we can reach one more person with the information they need to exercise, eat well and potentially even slow the progression of their disease.
If each rider at R2V brings $100 in pledges, the Davis Phinney Foundation will be able to support a webinar, potentially reaching thousands of people with the information they need to live well with this disease. And it won’t stop there. The more we raise, the more we can inform and inspire people with Parkinson’s to live well today.
Thank you for all you can do to make a difference.
See you on the road,
You are invited to the following event:
2011 Road to Victory Bicycle Classic
Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 7:30 AM (MT)
2880 Wilderness Place