Steve was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008 at the age of 61. The disease runs in Steve’s family: both his father and father’s sister had Parkinson’s as well as his father’s father. Currently a music therapist along with his wife, Jeanne, Steve spent most of his professional career working in the mental health field. As Steve began exercising more after he was diagnosed, he discovered cycling and wanted to give back to the Parkinson’s community. He has since completed multiple coast-to-coast bicycle and motorcycle odysseys to raise funds and awareness about living well with Parkinson’s.
Steve’s self-deprecating style and wry sense of humor serve him well as he presents at various support groups and events as part of his rides across the country. He sums up his approach to living well with Parkinson’s with the phrase “Celebrate what you can do, don’t lament what you can’t do.” Steve is thrilled to continue to to spread the word about living well with Parkinson’s and the Davis Phinney Foundation as an ambassador because he realizes the important difference it can make in the lives of people with Parkinson’s. “Even the concept of staying the same is neat when Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disorder,” Steve says. “But when you see people improve, I find that really exciting.”
- Anderson, South Carolina