Parkinson’s Merger: Symposium & Bike Ride Join Forces Saturday

People pose for photo

Sunflower Bike Ride sponsor Buck Niehoff, left, with event co-chair Kathy Krumme at Oakley Cycles in Cincinnati. Mr. Niehoff dropped by the shop Friday evening to pick up his jersey. Photo by Cindy Starr / Mayfield Clinic.

The ninth Sunflower Revolution happens Saturday in Loveland, Ohio, and organizers are gearing up for a Parkinson’s event that will combine the educational symposium and fundraising bike ride on the same day. The symposium and bike ride will occur simultaneously in the morning, and registrants will then join for lunch, entertainment by Tracy Walker, and activities that include a super raffle, with tables of gift baskets and other prizes.

The event is hosted by the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, one of four institutes of the UC College of Medicine and UC Health. Fundraising proceeds benefit the Gardner Center via the Davis Phinney / Donald Krumme Fund at the UC Foundation.

Chairing the bike ride — which welcomes Saturday registrants — are Kathy Krumme (pronounced KROO-mee), manager of Oakley Cycles, and her sister, Exercise Physiologist Sarah Krumme Stahr, MS, of foreverfitness.

Local 12 News Anchor Cammy Dierking is the ride’s emcee, and celebrity cyclists include U.S. Senator Rob Portman, former Ohio Governor Bob Taft and former Tour de France stage-winner and Olympian Davis Phinney, who was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s at age 40. Winners pose for photo

Davis’s newest title is “Father of Taylor Phinney,” who did America proud with his two fourth-place finishes in the London Olympics (time trial and road race) and who recently triumphed in the individual time trial at the USA Pro Challenge in Denver. The photo of Taylor, above (center), was taken by Brett Stakelin, friend of UCNI’s Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis.

Fredy J. Revilla, MD, Director of the Gardner Center, won’t be able to attend the Sunflower Revolution events this year, but he is hoping to send best wishes from Mount Sajama (below), the highest mountain in Bolivia. Dr. Revilla hopes to reach the summit, 6,542 meters (21,463 feet) above sea level, today. (To make a donation in honor of Dr. Revilla, please click here.  Please designate your gift to “Dr. Revilla’s Summit.”)

A picture of a mountain and skiers

The Sunflower team extends a big thank you to presenting sponsor Teva Neuroscience. The team is also grateful for its additional sponsors: Montgomery Cyclery, Reece-Campbell Inc., Local 12, Allergan Neurosciences, AMPAC, the Davis Phinney Foundation, Great American Insurance Group, UC Health, the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, Barb & Dale Ankenman, H.C. Buck Niehoff and Melody Sawyer Richardson.

Prizes in the super raffle include a 3-month coaching package with Peter Wimberg, four tickets and parking pass to a UC Football game, personal fitness/assessment training sessions with Peter Wimberg and Sarah Krumme Stahr, UC Goodie Basket, 10-day Revolution Fitness pass, a Giro cycling helmet, and brand-name cycling pedals and shoes.

The free educational symposium for people with Parkinson’s disease, caregivers and family members begins with registration and a continental breakfast at 8:45 a.m. at The Oasis, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road, in Loveland. Presentation topics include health maintenance, local resources, busting myths about Parkinson’s, surgical management, research highlights and the importance of exercise. In keeping with the Sunflower theme — Move to Live, Live to Move — there also will be fitness demonstrations that include yoga and Tai Chi.

The Sunflower Bike Ride features a challenging 100k bike ride, which begins at 8 a.m., and a gentle and scenic 40k ride, which begins at 10. Both rides start at Epiphany United Methodist Church, 6635 Loveland-Miamiville Road, in Loveland, across the street from the symposium site. Same-day registration begins at the church at 6:30 a.m.

Davis Phinney will present the annual Victory Award, and lunch will follow at 12:15 p.m.

People ride bikes down a hill

The Sunflower Revolution was named and founded in 2004 by Ms. Krumme, whose father, the late Donald Krumme, suffered from Parkinson’s disease. The sunflower is not only a ubiquitous sight at the Tour de France, the world’s most famous cycling event, it is also a symbol of hope. Those who support the Sunflower events are helping fuel research that will lead to a revolution in the care of people with Parkinson’s disease.

— Cindy Starr

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