A few years ago, while members were looking for ways to celebrate those participating in the annual Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic while battling Parkinson’s disease, Team Parkinson’s considered borrowing an old cycling tradition.
Just as the leader of the Tour de France gets to wear a yellow jersey, Team Parkinson’s considered unique jerseys so Parkinson’s patients would stand out in the field of 10,000.
“But people with Parkinson’s said, ‘No, I want them to think I’m out there without Parkinson’s,’” said Larry Jacobson, a team member and brother of a Parkinson’s patient. “… And some of the guys are really hammering out there. You wouldn’t know.”
For many Parkinson’s patients, their bikes are proving to be a refuge from their symptoms. The disease results in the degeneration of the nervous system causing tremors, reduced coordination and other symptoms. Read the rest of the article here.