Cyclists raise awareness for Parkinson's

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Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:33:42 CST

A Cross Country bike trip across America is raising awareness for Parkinson's disease. And, bikers made a pit-stop right here in the Tri-Cities Saturday. "Friends for Phinney Coast to Coast" bike ride arrived at the Wayne's Cyclery Saturday in Grand Island. They're peddling to raise awareness for the Davis Phinney Foundation. Phinny was a competitive cyclist who won an Olympic bronze medal and stages of the Tour de France, but now has Parkinson's disease. "When you're on the road and you're struggling and you think about the folks that are waiting for you at the next town, the Parkinson support groups that I've been in contact with along the way, it's just like, okay if they can live with well their disease, I can finish this ride today," said Kathleen Donohue. The team will visit the Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island Sunday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm for a special presentation. Bikers pushed off on July 20th in Oceanside, California and will end on August 30th in New York City.