‘Parkinson’s Revolution’ Cycling Fundraiser Set for June 12 Across US

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A Parkinson’s Foundation indoor cycling event aimed at highlighting the benefits of exercise while raising money for Parkinson’s (PD) research returns on June 12 for its second year.

Called the Parkinson’s Revolution, the cycling program will take place at studios in 25 cities — up from seven last year — across the United States, either in person or virtually from the home. Riders of all abilities are encouraged to join.

In a high-energy environment that includes music and instruction, cyclists select either a 45- or 90-minute ride as individuals or as part of a team.

Those who wish participate can go here to locate their city, register, begin fundraising, then join others in person or virtually.

Those choosing to ride from home may either select the city closest to them or register with the national team — Parkinson’s Revolution USA.

New for this year, the virtual ride will have two options: a traditional spin class and a “Parkinson’s friendly” class hosted by an instructor with Pedaling for Parkinson’s, a program that offers indoor stationary cycling classes for those with Parkinson’s.

Money raised during Parkinson’s Revolution will go directly toward research, resources, and patient care.

The foundation offers a fundraising toolkit that includes email templates, and sample social media posts and texts to motivate friends, family and others in a participant’s community to support their ride. It asks each rider to commit to fundraising a minimum of $250.

Cyclist and Parkinson’s patient Adam Mizock is gearing up for another ride. He raised $12,500 last year — best across the entire field. “People actually appreciate being asked to give to a good cause,” he said in a press release. “Small gifts really add up and spread good feelings all around.”

He suggests going though from social media and email contacts to fundraise. “When you ask for donations, remember to tell people why you’re doing it. Your story matters.”

In the run-up to the event, Mizock has been connecting virtually and training with fellow riders across North America.

“This is a great opportunity and I wouldn’t miss it,” added Mizock, who uses exercise to help manage his disease.  “The ride brings people together to help fight Parkinson’s, but there is more to it. It is important that we keep our eyes on the future, and that we live high-quality lives today.”

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