BENEFITING: DAVIS PHINNEY FOUNDATION
EVENT: i25 Kia Copper Triangle
EVENT DATE: Aug 05, 2017
My grandmother (nicknamed "Coco") had Parkinson's and my father-in-law was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's. Both of these family members are so incredibly dear to me. I can see no higher calling than to be a part of the solution to this disease. Hense the zero hesitation when I heard about this race and opportunity to support the Davis Phinney Foundation.
My Coco was the sweetest, most loving, most giving grandmother a kid could ask for. Walking through Parkinsons with her for a period of 10 years as a child gave me the opportunity to be my own version of a caretaker. She made me stronger, wiser and more appreciative of my own life and the lives of others. These are a glimpse of the significant blessings that came alongside the heartbreaking Parkinsons path she travelled.
Many people joke that I married Meagan in order to get closer to Frank. His wisdom, kindness, love of family and life are inspirational. He has enriched my life and made me strive to be better. The man is truly remarkable.
I'll be thinking of both, my Coco and my Papa Frank on this ride. I only hope my effort can make some difference to all the loved ones affected by this disease.
My father, who is maybe the most incredible human on earth and is my rock, was diagnosed with Parkinson's (PD) in December of 2016. Since then we, as a family, have experienced grief, anger, frustration, and luckily some humor and hope. My dad is an incredible man. He is the most intelligent, dedicated, funny, thoughtful, kind, and generous person I've ever known. He has taken so much action since his diagnosis: exercising every day, eating healthily, making lifestyle changes, and learning as much as he can about PD. For those of us who know and love him, sometimes it feels like there isn't much we can do to help except to think about how hard he is working to stay ahead of the PD and to tell him how much we love him every single day. But with the help of foundations like Davis Phinney we can also do a little bit more. When I sent my husband the information on the Copper Triangle and the Davis Phinney Foundation, he responded immediately with "I'll do it". He, like so many people who have the honor and joy of knowing my dad, would do anything to support him. My daughters and I will be there to cheer him on. We are all so grateful for your support and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. No donation is too small. All love, Meagan Londy Shapiro