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PDF Champions in Action

Doug’s “Wild Ride” Covers 400 Miles for Parkinson’s

This past summer, Doug Bahniuk of Cleveland, Ohio, completed “Doug’s Wild Ride,” a solo six-day, 400 mile bicycle ride across Alaska.  In the process, he also raised $33,000 for Parkinson’s disease (PD) research!

Mr. Bahniuk, 57, has lived with PD for 10 years and has been cycling since the age of three.  He has become committed to working for the Parkinson’s cause, in part by becoming a PDF research advocate (he graduated from the Clinical Research Learning Institute in 2008).  He has also organized several events to raise awareness for PD that involve his passions for cycling and exercise.  He chose the remote Alaskan course for his latest ride, both because of its beauty and the challenge it presented. Doug Bahniuk

On July 8, 2010 he began his Alaskan ride in Anchorage.  He reached Fairbanks nearly a week later, having traveled the entire route alone.  As he put it, “I wanted to both let people know what it’s like to live with the challenges of Parkinson’s and to bring attention to the fact that we can help to combat the disease through exercise and a positive attitude.”

The proceeds from “Doug’s Wild Ride” were shared between PDF and the Davis Phinney Foundation.  Thank you Doug!

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