It’s Tour de France time at the July 10th 10K TT. Chalked roads, raffles, and prizes!
In honor of Le Tour and all that is cycling, we celebrate the birthday of the second American to win a TdF stage, Davis Phinney. It’s also my birthday and I’m the second American to…um…I’ll have to do some research.
At any rate, it means I get to ask for the one present I want most: The gift to “Live Well Now.”
How do you give a gift like that? By supporting the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease.
Davis Phinney was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2000 at the young age of 40. As athletes we value motion, to go out there and do whatever we want to do. We value the effect motion has on our psyche. With Parkinson’s Disease, motion becomes difficult. Motion becomes involuntary. Motion becomes rigid. The psyche takes a hard hit and the fight becomes more mental in order to deal with the physical. As with many diseases, we don’t know how long we’ll wait to find a cure. Davis has taken the bull by the horns and is teaching people with PD to live well right now. No waiting, no jacking around. Live Well Now.
Maintaining control of movement is a primary focus for those living with Parkinson’s. Teaching strategies for motion control as symptoms progress is one of the many things the Foundation does to help people with this disease to live well now through their Victory Summit symposia and other excellent resources.
Let’s celebrate our abilities, whatever they may be, with a gift to the Davis Phinney Foundation.
“Of course I want to live to see a cure for my disease – and make that time limit, too. But until that glad day arrives, I want to live well, not merely exist.”
~Davis Phinney, The Happiness of Pursuit
If you’re game, here’s what Davis taught me, a few photos, and why I’m so passionate about supporting the work of the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s: