Thank you Family, Friends and DPF ( by Angie Lederach)
August 20, 2017
BENEFITING: DAVIS PHINNEY FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: John Paul
EVENT: i25 Kia Copper Triangle
EVENT DATE: Aug 05, 2017
I was diagnosed with Parkinsons at age 54 and that was nine years ago. I had already seen two Dr's and both of them had given me very different diagnoses. The only thing I knew about PD came through the random books we ordered from a bookstore. Most of them have now been trashed. As you can imagine I was feeling confused and frustrated. My daughter Angie called and had read in the paper about a symposium at the University of Colorado and the person giving the Keynote was Davis Phinney who was going to talk about Parkinsons.
As we sat and listened to Davis tell his story, I can remember feeling for the first time a sense of relief that I would no longer feel alone but would find people that were facing this disease and understand what I was going through.
After a highly motivating speech that had the audience standing to their feet and cheering Davis exited the room.
Angie grabbed my arm and said "mom, lets go, we need to talk to him." WE found a line of people already gathered around Davis. We waited in line until it was our turn. I can't even remember what my question was but both Angie and I couldn't believe how warm and friendly Davis was. It felt more like we were talking to a friend and someone who could really understand all that I was feeling and all our questions came pouring out! And he took the time to hear, listen and gave us the feedback I was looking for!!!
Davis invited us to stop by the DPF Foundation and pick up some information and meet some of the staff at the Foundation so that's exaxtly what we did!
I'll never forget meeting Lauren Kehn! She was smiling and talked all about the Foundation and the kinds of events they were working on.
The next scheduled event was called the Copper Triangle! My friend Norma and her family had participated in the Event and said we should just come up and see what it was about? So the first Sat. in Aug of 2009 John Paul and I went to Copper to check it out!
Leaving the parking lot that day, John Paul said "you know what, we are going to do next year? 'I'm going to ride in the Copper Triangle and raise $10,000.? I looked at him and said, 'You don't even own a bike!' I'm planning to buy one and I'm getting you a bike too!!
For the last 7 years (since 2010) we have participated in the Copper Triangle and raised money for the Davis Phinney Foundation. John Paul decided on the name, "Wendy's Crew" and called our brother-in-law Bob Mullet who had been doing annual Bike Across Kansas events and suggested he add some mountains to his biking. That call was all it took, Bob and Janie (my sister) were up for the challenge. "Wendy's Crew" now has about 10 family members who participate every year. It has become a big annual event and all our kids say they never want to miss it. Angie and Jeff are coming in from Colombia a few days before the ride, and Josh and Josie will be flying in from LA. From sea level to The Rocky Mountains??How will they even get their lungs ready for this?
When my son Josh found out that exercise was the key to slowing down the progression he wrote out an entire exercise plan and each day took time to make sure I was getting enough exercise. The whole family helped make a special trail for me to hike each day so I could easily track my miles. When it became difficult for me to keep up with them on bike outings they surprised me with a new Electric Bike so I wouldn't feel left behind!
Our family has grown from 4 to 6!!. This will be Josie's (Josh's girlfriend)first time riding so we are super excited that she could join us this year.
We've heard that our good friend and ambassador for the DPF Steve Quam will be joining us again this year!!!!
Thank you Davis, Connie family and staff at DPF who work endless hrs.! You give of yourselves to help all of us with PD "Live Well Today" We love being a part of this TRIBE!!!
A special thanks to all of our family and friends who each year contribute to the the Foundation so it can continue to reach out to help others.
We'll see you all at Copper! Wendy