The Davis Phinney Foundation, in conjunction with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, announced a fundraising three hour spinning session to be led by spin instructor Josh Taylor on January 27, 2007, at the Copacabana night club from 1 to 4 PM. Net proceeds will fund a Parkinson's exercise research project jointly supported by both foundations.
"Preliminary evidence suggests that exercise can be of great value in a Parkinson's treatment regimen," said Todd Sherer, PhD, vice president of research programs for The Michael J. Fox Foundation. "We're pleased to collaborate to raise funds for research that will help advance our understanding of the mechanisms that make exercise potentially neuroprotective, and how patients can maximize the beneficial effects of physical activity."
An estimated 1.5 million Americans live with Parkinson's disease, a degenerative neurological disorder involving the death of dopamine-producing nerve cells deep within the brain. Parkinson's affects one of every 100 people over the age of 60, and 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. There is no cure for Parkinson's at this time, and scientists do not yet know how to slow or halt its progression.
Cycling legend Davis Phinney, who in 1986 became the first American to win a road stage of the Tour de France, was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's at age 40. He assumed the role of Parkinson's advocate with the formation of his Foundation in 2004. The team that raises the most money will enjoy a private dinner with Davis Phinney.
For more information or to register for the event, visit www.davisphinneyfoundation.org.