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Fighting Parkinson's Disease One Ride at a Time

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Hi, I’m Steve

In September 2017 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease at age 41.

It changed my life.

I don’t know why I have Parkinson’s. It’s a total mystery. I have no family history of it, I’ve not been exposed to the chemicals known to cause it, and have no other risk factors. No clue.

But I’m not going to let this be a meaningless disease. I’m going to use this to make a difference.

Right before I was diagnosed I had been planning a cycling tour with some friends. We were going to bike across the entire state of Colorado, east-to-west. It was going to be EPIC! But… in my training for the tour I kept feeling odd and experiencing strange neurological issues, so I went in to get checked out to be sure all would be okay for the ride. Enter Parkinson's Disease.

As it turned out, due to the diagnosis, new meds, and feeling horrible, I wasn’t able to make that ride in 2017. It made me wonder… would I EVER be able to do something like that?

But instead of slowing down and letting PD stop me, I decided to kick things into gear and fight back AGAINST Parkinson's! So, I took this past year to adjust to the “new normal” of life with PD, worked to understand my new limitations, and pushed myself to go beyond them. Now those friends who went without me in 2017 (along with a couple more) are ready to conquer Colorado in 2019 – THIS time from South-to-North (border to border).

And we’re not just going to be riding for fun. We’re going to use this as an opportunity to fight back against Parkinson's Disease by raising money for the Parkinson Association of the Rockies!!

My amazing family: Hannah (the greatest 17yo daughter a guy could imagine), Kristi (Best. Wife. Ever.), me, & Noah (my awesome 12yo son).

My amazing family: Hannah (the greatest 17yo daughter a guy could imagine), Kristi (Best. Wife. Ever.), me, & Noah (my awesome 12yo son).

That’s me (short guy with the black helmet) and some of my dear friends participating in Pedaling for Parkinson’s in 2018. We did the 60-mile route!

That’s me (short guy with the black helmet) and some of my dear friends participating in Pedaling for Parkinson’s in 2018. We did the 60-mile route!

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