My Grandmother’s Story
My grandmother was amazing! She was one of those people you are lucky to love and lucky to be loved by. When she passed, she had been living with Parkinson’s disease for 10 years. Back then it was a very personal disease that impacted our family. Now, I wouldn’t be surprised if YOU know someone living with Parkinson’s. The internet didn’t exist back then. It wasn’t a game changer for social impact that it is now. Today it does exist and there are ways we all can help.
If you are a cyclist, you probably know Davis Phinney the Olympic medalist, Tour de France stage winner, and Coors Classic champion. If you were one of his rivals back then, you know he wasn’t to be trifled with in the last 500 meters. The guy can sprint! If you or a loved one currently lives with Parkinson’s disease, you probably know the Foundation that he started in 2004 following his own diagnosis. Not only does he continue to be a role model in the cycling community, he is an inspiration for the 1.5 million people living with the disease. Please help support the Foundation by donating here. It is fast, easy, and secure!
Returning The Favor
How did I get involved? Years ago, for a school project about cycling, I decided to give Davis Phinney a call for an interview. No kidding! I looked him up in the phone book and thought I would see if the Coors Classic champion was up for a chat. I was 14 at the time. Without hesitating, he agreed and invited us down to his home. You can watch the interview in its entirety below. We talk about the strategies of the 88 Coors Classic, the psychology of competition, and anything else a 14 year old interviewing his childhood hero thought would be interesting. When I was looking for a way to use my camera for good, I didn’t need to look any further than the Davis Phinney Foundation. I submitted my volunteer application in Jan 2011, and here we are!
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