2016 Peddle for Parkinsons

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2016 Parkinson’s Awareness Ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s

You may recall our St. Matthew UMC Person with Parkinson’s (PWP) Bicyclist set out on a venture mid-July, 2016. God continues to bless this ministry by providing safety, adequate energy and health, shelter and food, and many opportunities to share hope, inspiration and resources to live well in the midst of circumstances beyond one’s control. Steve Quam has safely returned after BICYCLING some 1,500 miles; riding in an open cockpit 1929 Travel Air Biplane; driving more than 10,000 miles in the car; riding 3,500 miles on AmTrak-it even arrived in Seattle early-as opposed to his previous train ride that was 2 days and 19 hours LATE!!! Along with all this travel, Steve averaged one formal or informal speaking engagement per week in Indiana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, or Wyoming. Steve shared the good news of how to live well with Parkinson’s Disease.

Enjoying several private and public museums as well as a Japanese garden, the tourist highlight was being at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota on the actual day of the 100th Anniversary of the National Park System. Steve was at the Fireside Chat with the premier expert on Theodore Roosevelt. Attendees received the newest North Dakota quarter which had been first issued that very day. The back of the coin displays TR’s image riding a horse. Steve’s close encounters with buffalos & wild turkeys through his campsite were eclipsed by the wild horses that came through the campground in the middle of the night. In the Snowy Range, Wyoming, bicyclist Steve was escorted for about 1 mile by a full sized adult male Pronghorn. In Minnesota, he saw an endangered trumpeter swan.

Camping totaled 35 nights, spread over private properties; a Recreation area; City, State & National Parks; and even on the lawn of a Church. Again, he had the most phenomenal new hosts and reunions with former hosts, as well as a great cousin’s reunion and wonderful times with extended family gatherings. 15 of the 18 church hosts were United Methodist connected. 14 hosts for a total of 28 nights were linked to Parkinson’s Disease. 9 were family members. As anticipated, the Copper Triangle Parkinson’s fundraiser bicycle ride and the World Parkinson Congress (WPC) were great for connecting with others and learning so much more about the disease, treatment for it, and strategies to live well despite the diagnosis. “Getting to meet all of my fellow Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Ambassadors in Portland at the WPC was terrific since most of our earlier contact was thru conference calls. Thank you for your support of Jeanne while I was gone and for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers during the journey.