Every year the East Alabama Cycling Club hosts the Johnny Ray Century to raise support for Parkinson’s research. Last year, to emphasize the link with cycling, we partnered with the Davis Phinney Foundation For Parkinson’s.
Who is Davis Phinney?
Davis Phinney (born in Boulder, CO) was a professional cyclist and star sprinter on the legendary 7-eleven cycling team during the ’80-90’s. He holds more cycling victories than any other America, including stage wins at the Tour de France, US national road championships, and bronze in the 1984 Olympics. His son, Tyler, continues the family tradition as a top-tier professional cyclist.
At 40, Davis was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and has since strived to improve the lives of those living with the disease. In 2004 he founded the Davis Phinney Foundation.
Who is the Davis Phinney Foundation?
While it’s critical to find a cure for Parkinson’s, the Davis Phinney Foundation feels strongly that people living with this disease also need information and tools to live well today. To support this mission, the Davis Phinney Foundation sponsors programs that provide the information, tools and inspiration that can be used to live well with Parkinson’s today. Their initiatives, including The Victory Summit® symposia series, the Every Victory Counts® manual for living well, benefit Parkinson’s patients, their families and caregivers throughout the United States. Each year, they fund innovative research aimed at identifying factors, including exercise and other behaviors, that have a measurable, positive impact on quality of life.